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3.2.4 - RT 4: Unemployment protection and its extension to workers in the informal economy

The Round-tables allowed organisations working in the field of social protection to propose their topics of interest and engage in an open discussion with experts, while also involving the audience. In these virtual round-tables, current pressing topics derived from experiences with the COVID-19 crisis were discussed by selected experts with a focus on the future of social protection.

The ILO has estimated that 345 million full time equivalent jobs could have been lost in this crisis. Panelists of this round-table discussed what is needed to ‘build back better’ and strengthen unemployment protection. They stated that the current crisis has affected many workers, both in the formal, and even more so, in the informal sectors. While many governments have introduced measures to provide income security for workers whose jobs have been affected by the crisis, these have a) not benefitted informal workers and; b) not been rights-based and sustainable. Panelists, therefore, called for countries to transition from emergency measures to more sustainable mechanisms, establishing or strengthening rights-based unemployment protection schemes, while ensuring policy coordination and coherence between social protection and employment policies.  

Speakers: Renata Nowak-Garmer, Laura Alfers, Kuppan Vishwananda 

Moderator: Celine Peyron Bista 

Link to the recording