Cash help crucial for informal workers, says UN labour chief, stressing primacy of multilateralism

Informal workers who live day to day urgently need cash support from their governments to survive the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the head of the UN labour agency said on Friday.

Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), said that immediate action was needed to prevent people being faced with the “impossible choice” of protecting themselves against the virus by self-isolating, “and by so doing removing any possible source of income and survival” that they have.
He added: “It’s a simple issue of social protection. We need to get not tomorrow but today, direct transfers of cash and resources of these people desperately in need.”

More than 60 per cent of the world’s employed population are in the informal economy, around two billion people, according to the ILO.

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