Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Webinar Series – Decent work for all: A post-COVID union agenda

18 June 2020

The unprecedented global health and economic crisis demonstrates failures of our economic and social system, in particular, deficits of decent work. We are at the important juncture to turn the pandemic into an opportunity to make a post-COVID truly inclusive, sustainable and resilient. Join us to discuss the agenda for trade unions and social justice across the Asia-Pacific region! A webinar series jointly organized by the ITUC-AP and FES Asia every Wednesday starting 24 June.

The pandemic has hit workers in Asia and the Pacific extraordinarily hard: Hundreds of millions have lost their jobs and many essential and vulnerable workers are exposed to major risks to their health and livelihoods. Human and trade union rights have been violated and working conditions have been further deteriorated under the pretext of the pandemic. Together with union leaders, policy makers and experts, we will discuss the different pathways and facets of a just and equitable future for workers during and after the pandemic.

Register now to join us on 24 June at 4 pm Singapore Time (SGT)

for our first session on "Where we are: COVID-19, the world of work and policy responses".



Introductions by Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation-Asia Pacific (ITUC-AP), and Mirco Günther, Director, FES Office for Regional Cooperation in Asia




Tomoko Nishimoto, ILO Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific

Ms. Nishimoto oversees the ILO’s operations in 34 ILO member states in Asia and the Pacific. A key part of her role is to stimulate and foster dialogue among social partners across the region. The ILO has promoted social justice by implementing Decent Work Country Programs, accelerating SDGs and supporting country policy responses to COVID-19.


Veronica Nilsson, Head, Global Deal Support Unit, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)                                              

Leading the joint ILO/OECD multi-stakeholder initiative, Ms. Nilsson fosters social dialogue and inclusive growth by accelerating action, increasing knowledge and strengthening capacity building as well as sharing best practices on social dialogue.

This is the first session in our five-part series on "Decent work for all: A post-COVID union agenda".

Stay tuned for our four following sessions and speakers every Wednesday at 4pm, Singapore time:

1 July - Protecting lives and livelihoods: Workplace safety and trade unions

8 July - Paying for recovery and reconstruction: Perspectives for a just burden sharing

15 July - Protect workers’ rights and benefit the people: Fair trade post-Corona

22 July - After the pandemic: Visions for new economic and social systems


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