The Director General, International Labour Organisation,(ILO) Guy Ryer has called on the 187 member countries to work together in order to protect lives, businesses, jobs and incomes of workers.
Ryer also announced the postponement of 2020 International Labour Conference (ILC) billed to take place from May to June this year, in Geneva, Switzerland, following the restriction of movement and personal interactions.
“In view of the severe restrictions on travel and personal interaction being implemented worldwide and the need to ensure the well-being of delegates and staff, the 109th session of ILO will take place in 2021.
“G20 countries should work together to protect employers, employees, incomes, enterprises from ravages of the COVID19.
“The world of work is being profoundly affected by the global virus pandemic. In addition to threat of public health, economic and social disruption threatens the long-term livelihood and well-being of millions. The ILO and it’s constituents: governments, employers and workers will play crucial role in combating the outbreak, ensuring the safety of individuals and sustainability of businesses and jobs, ” the DG said in a statement.
It would be recall that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Ayuba Wabba, last week told our correspondent that organised labour in Nigeria will not attend 2020 ILO Conference because of coronavirus pandemic.
According to Wabba, “NLC places much value on Nigerian workers. As a result, we will not allow our members to risk their lives in attending 2020 ILO convention.”