Getting back to work: the new normal
There is no escaping the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic. Until late in 2019, few of us had heard of it. Now because of it, many of us have had to put our lives on hold.
The coronavirus pandemic has closed down everything we felt impossible to live without.
The essential public health measures – including good hygiene, handwashing and safe distances between people continues as numbers of people are still becoming ill or very sadly dying each day.
Union representatives and safety & health managers have found themselves on a crash course on how to respond at work to the COVID-19 pandemic, negotiating protections at work. It is not just about workers falling ill. It is also about an unprecedented challenge to sick pay and employment rights.
An International Labour Organisation (ILO) initial assessment published on 18 March 2020 estimated about 25 million jobs could be lost as result of the pandemic. The ILO, a part of the UN, called for “urgent, large-scale and coordinated measures across three pillars: protecting workers in the workplace, stimulating the economy and employment, and supporting jobs and incomes.”
ILO director-general Guy Ryder commented: “This is no longer only a global health crisis, it is also a major labour market and economic crisis that is having a huge impact on people.” He added: “In 2008, the world presented a united front to address the consequences of the global financial crisis, and the worst was averted. We need that kind of leadership and resolve now.”
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