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Press release from Ministry of Employment

Eva Nordmark discusses COVID-19 pandemic with ILO Director-General


Today, Tuesday, Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark took part in a meeting with ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss issues such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the labour market.

Minister for Employment Eva Nordmark met with Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO) on Tuesday. The topics discussed included the work of the future, green transition in the labour market and the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the labour market hard, which has had a massive impact on already vulnerable groups. A working life built on precarious employment and exploitation increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and of social and financial vulnerability,” says Ms Nordmark.

 Ms Nordmark and Mr Ryder discussed the need for more employers in the world to be covered by security systems to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic, as well as the importance of stepping up working environment efforts globally to protect workers in the crisis. They also discussed the importance of social dialogue and international cooperation in handling both the current pandemic and future crises.

On Tuesday, Ms Nordmark will also take part in a digital conference organised by the Swedish ILO Committee marking 100 years of cooperation between Sweden and the ILO. Mr Ryder will also take part in the conference. The Committee will launch an anthology highlighting Sweden’s cooperation with the ILO at the conference.


The International Labour Organization (ILO) is the UN’s specialised agency for employment and working life issues. It works to promote employment and good working conditions, safeguard trade union rights and freedoms and strengthen cooperation between independent employer and employee organisations.

The ILO is unique in that it is led by governments, employers and workers. The organisation was founded in 1919, has 187 member states and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1969. The Swedish ILO Committee was establiished in 1927 to prepare certain matters relating to cooperation with the ILO. It is an independent, tripartite authority.

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