The pandemic wiped out 5 years of economic progress, reducing 100 million workers to poverty. This is what is denounced by a report by the World Labor Organization which calls the international community together for a coordinated and global strategy
Benedetta Capelli – Vatican City
One hundred million men and women overwhelmed by the crisis caused by the pandemic. It is the photograph taken by the World Labor Organization that draws a bleak scenario; a course that can only be reversed in 2023. Five years of economic progress thrown to the wind, women the most penalized. According to the UN, their employment has dropped by 5%, for men the percentage is 3.9%. Women but also young people, for them the coronavirus meant an 8.7% job loss.
Avoid a long-term impact
In a context of “uncertain and fragile recovery” despite the exceptional efforts made by countries, as pointed out by the director general of IOM Ryder, the approximately 100 million jobs that will be created in the world thanks to the reopening after the lockdown will not be enough . In fact, the appeal is still missing 75 million jobs this year alone and another 23 million jobs in 2022. Hence the appeal for decent work because the great risk is the loss of human and economic potential but above all an increase in poverty and inequality. The request is that of a coordinated and global strategy with policies centered on the person and on strong actions to be agreed to avoid a long-term impact on workers and businesses.