New labour standard for the informal economy

Historic decision at ILO's 104th Conference

At its 104th conference in the first half of June, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has adopted a new international labour standard that is expected to help hundreds of millions of workers and economic units move out of informality and into the formal economy. More than half of the world’s workforce is estimated to be trapped in the informal economy, reports Carla September.

The term “informal economy” relates to all economic activities by workers and economic units that are – in law or in practice – not covered or insufficiently covered by formal arrangements. Activities are not included in the law, which means that they are operating outside the formal reach of the law; or they are not covered in practice ...

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Carla September is a free-lanced journalist based in Geneva.

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