ITUC-AP Statement on COVID-19

Mar 2020

In this statement, the ITUC-AP expresses their solidarity with workers to wage war against the COVID-19 pandemic. They affirm their utmost priority to protect the lives and livelihoods of workers and their families and communities facing a global health and economic crisis.

A large number of workers in the frontlines to contain the virus are at great risk with chronic underinvestment in necessary public services as well as the lack of clear occupational health and safety frameworks.

The ITUC-AP strongly urges employers to bargain with trade unions regarding the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace, work together with trade unions to ensure that governments’ measures are implemented for all workers, and ensure the non-stigmatisation, non-discrimination, or non-disadvantage against any worker under the pretext of dealing with the virus.