The COVID-19 pandemic devastated the world of work almost instantly after lockdowns were imposed to contain the spread of the virus. Almost two years since the pandemic ravaged the world, Asia and the Pacific continues to suffer from the impacts of the global pandemic and the ensuing unprecedented social and economic crises. Among the hardest hit are the vulnerable workers, including women, young people, and migrant workers. Yet, in the process of developing responses to the pandemic, most trade unions in Asia and the Pacific were marginalised.
To recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and the multiple crises, the ITUC-Asia Pacific, along with its affiliates and the International Trade Union Confederation, are pushing for a new social contract for recovery and resilience that guarantees the creation of decent and climate-friendly jobs with Just Transition; the respect for labour rights and a labour protection floor, irrespective of employment arrangements; the implementation of universal social protection and a Global Fund for Social Protection; equality and non-discrimination; and an inclusive development model (including an inclusive approach to tackling the pandemic, such as by ensuring universal access to testing, treatment, and vaccines).