COVID-19, Labour and social dialogue

Ismaila Bello

The Coronavirus pandemic, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), is not just a health crisis but an economic crisis as well. Guy Ryder, the ILO Director General stated that “this is no longer only a global health crisis, it is also a labour market and economic crisis that is having a huge impact on people.” At the onset of the pandemic, the ILO had announced that the economic lockdown was going to lead to about 25 million job losses worldwide. The ILO predicts that the impact of contraction in productivity would ultimately increase working poverty affecting up to 35 million workers globally and that poverty was going to rise with greater impact on the informal economy. Two billion people- more than 61 per cent of the world’s employed population- work in the informal economy.

President Muhammadu Buhari had announced lockdown measures in the FCT, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states with effect from March 30. This was followed by closure of airports,…

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