ILO / GLOBAL SUMMIT COVID-19 WORK

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At the opening of a global summit today (07 Jul), the head of the International Labour Organization Guy Ryder said the COVID-19 pandemic generated a “world of work crisis of quite unprecedented proportions.” ILO

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DATELINE: 07 JULY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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07 JULY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

1. Wide shot, Ryder putting microphone on before giving statement
2. Pan left, Ryder preparing to give statement
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“This pandemic has generated a social and economic crisis, a world of work crisis of quite unprecedented proportions. We have never seen anything quite like what has gone on in the last six months. The first point is it's truly a global crisis with 93 percent of the world's workers living still in countries with one form or other of restriction on workplaces. All countries are affected and you've already heard the headline figure in the first six months of this year no less than four hundred million full time jobs have been destroyed as working time hours actually worked have diminished by 14 percent globally.”
4. Wide shot, Ryder speaking on camera
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“We need to see and we have seen governments using all of the fiscal and monetary tools and space available to them to stimulate economic activity to help us all get through these terribly difficult circumstances and the total is that some 10 trillion US dollars has been spent worldwide on just this type of stimulus package. Then we need to focus in and target support to enterprises. We must make sure that viable enterprises do not become victims of this pandemic. That they will still be there once we can get back to work. And we need also to focus upon support for jobs, for employment and for supporting income. Social protection is absolutely fundamental in combating this pandemic.”
6. Wide shot, Ryder speaking on camera
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO):
“Young people have been hit hard by this crisis as they always are. Training and education has been interrupted. They've been shaken out of the workforce where they were working in greater numbers than others have been. We see that those coming out of school and college right now face the bleakest prospects of making that always difficult transition into the world of work. This is a dramatic situation. We have the risk of a lockdown generation of young people.”
8. Wide shot, Ryder speaking on camera

STORYLINE:

At the opening of a global summit today (07 Jul), the head of the International Labour Organization Guy Ryder said the COVID-19 pandemic generated a “world of work crisis of quite unprecedented proportions.”

More than 50 Heads of State and government, as well as prominent global employer and trade union leaders are to take part in global discussions on COVID-19 and the World of Work, taking place online 7 to 9 July. Covering all regions, they will be addressing the summit via video message.

In his message, Ryder said the world had “never seen anything quite like what has gone on in the last six months.” He said COVID-19 is a “truly a global crisis” with 93 percent of the world's workers living still in countries with one form or other of restriction on workplaces. He said all countries are affected with over four hundred million full time jobs destroyed and working hours diminished by 14 percent globally.

The ILO Director-General said some 10 trillion USD has been spent on stimulus packages worldwide. He stressed the need to ensure that viable enterprises “do not become victims of this pandemic” and will still be there once work resumes. He added, “We need also to focus upon support for jobs, for employment and for supporting income. Social protection is absolutely fundamental in combating this pandemic.”

Ryder underscored that young people have been hit hard by this crisis “as they always are.” He said training and education has been interrupted, and young people have been “shaken out of the workforce where they were working in greater numbers than others have been.” He added, “We see that those coming out of school and college right now face the bleakest prospects of making that always difficult transition into the world of work. This is a dramatic situation. We have the risk of a lockdown generation of young people.”

The Summit will be addressed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, as will the heads of a number of UN and international agencies. It is the largest ever online gathering of workers, employers and governments. Participants are expected to discuss how to address the economic and social impact of the pandemic, which has laid bare the extreme vulnerability of millions of workers and enterprises.
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