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Amnesty International Report: Exposed, Silenced, Attacked

This report looks at the challenges health and essential workers across the world have faced in doing their jobs in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also flags some broader structural issues in health and social support systems across the world that have exacerbated these challenges and must be urgently addressed.

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COVID-19 and public emergency services

This ILO policy brief addresses issues relating to public sector workers who perform frontline duties in confronting the COVID-19 crisis in the name of the State, often described as essential services. The brief discusses their role in dealing with the crisis, the measures that governments have taken to support their work and the ILO principles and tools, including international labour standards, that protect them. The brief further explains how organisations like PSI - which has launched a global campaign on its PeopleOverProfit platform, called “Safe Workers Save Lives” - are demanding that governments across the world take urgent COVID-related measures to protect workers.

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Poster - Safe Workers Save Lives

Coronavirus is a deadly threat to frontline public service workers - in particular, our members in the health sector. We rely on them to save countless lives - but for them to be able to do their job, governments across the world must take stronger action now. At this moment, health workers represent about 12% of the infected population globally, and the death toll is unbearable. Illustration by Zoran Svilar