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31 March 2020 11:43

Indonesia: Workers demand COVID-19 lockdown coupled with wage subsidies

 

While Indonesia has a Health Quarantine Law, the government has yet to implement a lockdown and temporary close workplaces to protect its citizen from Covid-19. This was reportedly widely criticised by the public, particularly by trade unions which viewed it as prioritising big business interests over and above public health. Read more...


31 March 2020 09:16

India's lockdown, the world's largest COVID-19 quarantine, triggered the massive exodus of migrant workers who are trying to return to their native villages. Read more...


31 March 2020 08:35

On 30 March, the Russian capital, Moscow, was put under a city-wide lockdown in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the country. While Russia has been relatively spared by the pandemic, the number of people testing positive has risen quickly. Read more...


31 March 2020 07:55

The General Union of Building and Wood Workers in Egypt (GTUBWW) donated a total of US $19,000 to the Egyptian government as contribution in the fight to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. Read more...


30 March 2020 18:42

The BWI launched a COVID-19 websection to provide information received from its affiliates around the world. The section exists in English, French, Spanish and German.
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30 March 2020 09:17

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Union of Construction and Industrial Assemblage Workers (SINTEC-Chile) calls on the Chilean government to implement a workers' quarantine to safeguard the health and lives of workers, secure employment and income and suspend payment of basic services, loans and credits from financial institutions.Read more...


30 March 2020 07:33

With Qatar under a COVID-19 lockdown, 16,000 workers housed in an accommodation facility found it difficult to get their salaries as access to automated teller machines (ATM) has been strictly regulated to prevent the spread of the virus.Read more...


30 March 2020 06:48

With the enforcement of the world’s largest COVID-19 lockdown, trade unions in India raised serious concerns that Indian women workers, who make up around 90 percent of India’s vast informal sector (470 million people), will likely be disproportionately affected by the economic impact of the pandemic.
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30 March 2020 06:17

The Tunisia General Labor Union (UGTT) and FGBB have decided to set up a $ 34 million “COVID-19 fighting fund” to help workers affected by the international health crisis. Read more...