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How did the COVID-19 pandemic impact working life in North Macedonia?

The ILO Office for Central and Eastern Europe asked people from different sectors how the pandemic impacted their working life in mid-June, 2020. The interviews reveal they did not only lose a significant amount of their work and income because of the lockdown measures, but also have to deal with work and life imbalance, increased […]

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ILO Standards and COVID-19 (coronavirus)

FAQ – Key provisions of international labour standards relevant to the evolving COVID-19 outbreak ILO Standards and COVID-19

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The need for social dialogue in addressing the COVID-19 crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic with its far reaching socio-economic consequences calls for effective tripartite social dialogue and cooperation bringing together governments and employers’ and workers’ organizations to design effective strategies and policies to address its impacts. Social dialogue and tripartism can be drivers for economic and social resilience, competitiveness, stability and inclusive growth and development. ILO […]

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As jobs crisis deepens, ILO warns of uncertain and incomplete labour market recovery

The International Labour Organization’s latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 finds its impact on the world of work was more severe than previously estimated, and offers three scenarios for the second half of 2020. GENEVA (ILO News) – The number of working hours lost across the world in the first half of […]

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KEY MESSAGES: Rapid Assessment of the Employment Impacts and Policy Responses NORTH MACEDONIA

Please find the complete document on the following link: KEY MESSAGE ENG FINAL

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ILO: More than one in six young people out of work due to COVID-19

The ILO’s latest analysis of the labour market impact of COVID-19 exposes the devastating and disproportionate effect on young workers, and analyses measures being taken to create a safe return to work environment. GENEVA (ILO News) – More than one in six young people have stopped working since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic  while those who […]

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Assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on employment in North Macedonia

ILO and EBRD published today an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on employment in North Macedonia. The report shows that the lockdown measures had severe impacts on employment, assesses the measures taken by government so far, and offers policy recommendations on what else to do. The objective of the ILO/EBRD task force Covid-19 and the […]

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RAPID SOCIAL PROTECTION CALCULATOR FOR COVID-19

In order to support policymakers, the ILO Social Protection Department has developed a Rapid Social Protection Calculator for COVID 19.  In “normal” times, such assessments can be prepared well in advance and are based on comprehensive information and sophisticated actuarial models. However, in the context of the COVID 19 crisis, however, urgent and decisive action may […]

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Plug social protection gaps in developing countries to prevent future crises, ILO says

Strengthened and comprehensive social protection systems will lessen the impact of crises such as COVID-19 GENEVA (ILO News) -The COVID-19 crisis has exposed devastating gaps in social protection coverage in developing countries, and recovery will only be sustained and future crises prevented if they can transform their ad hoc crisis response measures into comprehensive social […]

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NEW NORMAL? BETTER NORMAL!

Op-ed by Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization   In these times of COVID-19, the big challenge for most of us is how to protect ourselves and our families from the virus and how to hold on to our jobs. For policy-makers that translates into beating the pandemic without doing irreversible damage to the economy […]

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ILO: As job losses escalate, nearly half of global workforce at risk of losing livelihoods

The latest ILO data on the labour market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic reveals the devastating effect on workers in the informal economy and on hundreds of millions of enterprises worldwide. The continued sharp decline in working hours globally due to the COVID-19 outbreak  means that 1.6 billion workers in the informal economy – that is nearly […]

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Prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 at Work: ACTION CHECKLIST

Prevention and mitigation of COVID-19 in workplaces requires effective processes of risk assessment and risk management. This tool offers a simple and collaborative approach to assess COVID-19 risks as a step to take measures to protect the safety and health of workers. The Checklist can be found at: https://socijalendijalog.mk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Final-Covid19-Checklist-ENG.pdf

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Protect workers both now and after lockdowns ease, says ILO

The International Labour Organization warns that without adequate safeguards for returning workers there could be a second wave of the virus. GENEVA (ILO News) – As the pressure mounts on countries to ease their lockdown restrictions, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has urged Governments to take action to prevent and control COVID-19 in the workplace , with […]

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World Day for Safety and Health at Work – 28 April 2020

Stop the pandemic: Safety and health at work can save lives Recognizing the great challenge that governments, employers, workers and whole societies are facing worldwide to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Day for Safety and Health at Work will focus on addressing the outbreak of infectious diseases at work, focusing on the COVID-19 pandemic. […]

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ILO: COVID-19 causes devastating losses in working hours and employment

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a catastrophic effect on working hours and earnings, globally. A new ILO report highlights some of the worst affected sectors and regions, and outlines policies to mitigate the crisis. GENEVA (ILO News) – The COVID-19 crisis  is expected to wipe out 6.7 per cent of working hours globally in the second quarter […]

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ILO sets up Task Team in North Macedonia to inform Government response to COVID-19 crisis

The ILO established a Task Team of employment and labour law specialists to come up with answers and solutions to world of work problems triggered by the coronavirus pandemic in North Macedonia. The multidisciplinary team is led by ILO and includes national experts and representatives of the government, employers’ and workers’ organizations in the Economic […]

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New guidelines to help employers support families during COVID-19

New guidelines issued by ILO and UNICEF call on enterprises to do more to support working families during the pandemic. GENEVA (ILO News) – New guidelines for businesses, to help them support working families during the COVID-19 pandemic , have been issued by the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) . The preliminary guidance […]

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INVITATION TO TENDER: Development and Implementation of Campaign – Workers’ Rights

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND The Economic and Social Council is the only tripartite social dialogue institution at national level, with a consultative role to the Government in the development and implementation of economic and social policies. The ESC has an advisory role, and issues opinions and recommendations to the Government on matters pertaining to economic development; […]

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Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, says ILO

An initial assessment of the impact of COVID-19 on the global world of work says the effects will be far-reaching, pushing millions of people into unemployment, underemployment and working poverty, and proposes measures for a decisive, co-ordinated and immediate response. GENEVA (ILO News) – The economic and labour crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic could […]

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Call for Concept Note Proposals: Grants for Modernizing of Existing and Developing New Services

INTRODUCTION A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among the social partners in North Macedonia. To this end, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavours to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, […]

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Skills for the future! Engage in change!

Skills Challenge Innovation Call: Finding solutions to skills mismatch The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch. For […]

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LESC Effectiveness Analysis Report and Communication Platform

In the framework of the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, an Analysis of the functioning and effectiveness of the Local Economic and Social Councils was commissioned, and based in reports from a previously conducted peer-review exercise and individual interviews, done by an ILO consultant. […]

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Final Panel Discussion on the Operational Employment Plan

With the support of the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy held the final regional panel discussion in Skopje on 22nd November 2019, on the topic of creation of the Operational Plan for Active Employment Measures for 2020. The […]

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Panel Discussion in Strumica regarding the Operational Employment Plan

With the support of the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy held the а regional panel discussion in the Municipality of Strumica on 15th November 2019, on the topic of creation of the Operational Plan for Active Employment […]

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Training on Project Design and Cycle Management

As part of the activities of the Strengthening Social Dialogue project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, and with the aim of modernizing the services offered by the social partners, as well as provide support to the Local economic and social councils engaged in the Local Employment Partnerships , […]

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Panel Discussion regarding the Operational Employment Plan

With the support of the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy held the third regional panel discussion in Skopje on 16th October 2019, on the topic of creation of the Operational Plan for Active Employment Measures for 2020. Representatives […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among main stakeholders in the economy. In this direction, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes […]

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Dialogue for Transition to Formality

In the scope of the Strengthening Social Dialogue, project financed by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, a workshop was conducted in hotel Solun, in the period from 8th to 9th October on the topic of Dialogue for Transition to Formality. The subject theme was a point of discussion among the ILO […]

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Panel Discussion in Bitola regarding the Operational Employment Plan

With the support of the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy held the second panel discussion in Bitola, out of the four foreseen regional meetings on the topic of creation of the Operational Plan for Active Employment Measures for 2020. […]

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Panel Discussion in Tetovo regarding the Operational Employment Plan

With the support of the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy is organizing four regional panel-discussions of the Local Economic and Social Councils. The first regional panel was held on 3 October 2019 in the Municipality of Tetovo […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF ENTERPRENEURIAL SKILLS AND ACCESS TO FINANCE

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND The Economic and Social Council is the only tripartite social dialogue institution at national level, with a consultative role to the Government in the development and implementation of economic and social policies. The ESC has an advisory role, and issues opinions and recommendations to the Government on matters pertaining to economic development; […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF LOCAL EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENT

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND Several progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among main stakeholders in the economy. In this direction, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, sharing […]

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Tripartite workshop – Towards a system of skills needs anticipation in North Macedonia

Skills mismatch is one of the main challenges that countries in transition face. It is due to the technological advancements, industrial and demographic changes. North Macedonia has reached a significant improvement in building capacities of the national institutions, to be included in the process of anticipation of future needs in terms of skills and occupations. […]

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Workshop on negotiation and implementation of Local Employment Partnerships (LEPs)

The project Strengthening Social Dialogue, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, aiming at strengthening the Local economic and social councils, organizes a workshop on presentation of practical experience, positive aspects and challenges in the negotiation and implementation of LEPs. During the workshop the participants will be exposed to the […]

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New international labour standard to combat violence, harassment, at work agreed

The Centenary International Labour Conference has adopted a new Convention and Recommendation to combat violence and harassment in the workplace. The Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019, and Violence and Harassment Recommendation, 2019 , were adopted by delegates on the final day of the Centenary International Labour Conference, in Geneva. For the Convention, 439 votes were cast in […]

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Heads of State visit the Centenary International Labour Conference

The 108th (Centenary) Session of the International Labour Conference is being held from 10 to 21 June 2019 in Geneva, in two locations, the Palais des Nations and the ILO headquarters, with more than 5000 delegates from 187 countries and more than 45 world leaders partaking in discussions to tackle the most pressing issues in the world of […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF TRIPARTITE SOCIAL DIALOGUE – revised

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among main stakeholders in the economy. In this direction, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes […]

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Peer review missions among the Local Economic and Social Councils

For the purpose of strengthening the Local Economic and Social Councils, the Strengthening Social Dialogue project, funded by the European Union, and implemented by the International Labour Organization, conducted a series of peer review missions among the LESCs in the country, in the period from 6th to 13th  June 2019 including the LESCs of the following […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST: PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE IN THE FIELD OF TRIPARTITE SOCIAL DIALOGUE

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among main stakeholders in the economy. In this direction, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SERVICE NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE TRADE UNIONS IN NORTH MACEDONIA UNION OF INDEPENDENT AND AUTONOMOUS TRADE UNIONS OF MACEDONIA – UNASM

Background A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among the social partners in North Macedonia. To this end, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SERVICE NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE TRADE UNIONS IN NORTH MACEDONIA FEDERATION OF TRADE UNIONS OF MACEDONIA – SSM

Background A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among the social partners in North Macedonia. To this end, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SERVICE NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE TRADE UNIONS IN NORTH MACEDONIA CONFEDERATION OF FREE TRADE UNIONS OF MACEDONIA – KSS

Background A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among the social partners in North Macedonia. To this end, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SERVICE NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE TRADE UNIONS IN NORTH MACEDONIA CONFEDERATION OF TRADE UNION ORGANIZATIONS OF MACEDONIA – KSOM

Background A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among the social partners in North Macedonia. To this end, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, […]

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Tripartite workshop on identifying best practices concerning the Economic and Social Councils

Through the project Strengthening Social Dialogue, funded by the European Union, the International Labour Organization prepared an analytical comparative study on the functioning of the Macedonian Economic and Social Council and selected National Social Dialogue Institutions in the EU Member States, with special focus on their relevance, operational effectiveness, funding and impact. The findings of […]

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REVISION OF CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST ON ESC COMMUNICATION STRATEGY

Call for Expression of Interest – ESC Communication Strategy – revised

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Tripartite Workshop on Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises

One of the activities within the Strengthening Social Dialogue Project, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, is the Tripartite Assessment of Critical Areas for Enabling Environment for Sustainable Enterprises (EESE). A comparative analysis was conducted on the situation and reforms realized in the period 2013/14 to 2019 in the […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – DEVELOPMENT OF A COMMUNICATION STRATEGY OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL

INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND The Economic and Social Council is the only tripartite social dialogue institution at national level, with a consultative role to the Government in the development and implementation of economic and social policies. The Economic and Social Council has an advisory role, and issues opinions and recommendations to the Government on matters pertaining […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SERVICE NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE ORGANIZATION OF EMPLOYERS OF MACEDONIA

Background   A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among main stakeholders in the economy. In this direction, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, […]

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CALL FOR EXPRESSION OF INTEREST SERVICE NEEDS ASSESSMENT FOR THE BUSINESS CONFEDERATION OF MACEDONIA

Background   A number of progress reports by the European Commission indicate a need to further develop social dialogue among main stakeholders in the economy. In this direction, the International Labour Organization assists the country in its endeavors to advance the social dialogue as an essential element of the European Social Model, which promotes competitiveness, […]

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Strengthening Social Dialogue Project kick-off event

The Project Strengthening Social Dialogue will be officially launched in a ceremony involving the European Union, Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the Trade Unions and Employers Organizations. The goal of the Project is to improve the social dialogue as a means to create more and better jobs. It will support the participation of social dialogue institutions in policy making at […]

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First meeting of the local economic and social councils (LESCs)

The Project will organize the first meeting of the local economic and social councils as part of its project activities. During this meeting the project activities related to the Local Economic and Social Councils, the concept of Local Employment Partnership and the role of LESCs as drivers of employment partnerships will be presented and as such envisaged a platform […]

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First Project Steering Committee meeting

The Project Strengthening Social Dialogue, funded by the European Union and implemented by the International Labour Organization, will hold its first steering committee meeting to validate the members of the SC, present the project activities and present, discuss and endorse the composition and manner of operation of the  SC. With its tripartite membership, as well as including all and any […]

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