A labourer works on a construction site near Kolkata, India, on May 2. Some two-thirds of all workers in the Asia-Pacific region are employed informally, often on low wages, in hazardous conditions and without a contract. Photo: EPA-EFE
A labourer works on a construction site near Kolkata, India, on May 2. Some two-thirds of all workers in the Asia-Pacific region are employed informally, often on low wages, in hazardous conditions and without a contract. Photo: EPA-EFE
Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana
Opinion

Opinion

Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana

Asia-Pacific workers deserve decent jobs, healthcare and social protection

  • Faced with the challenges of climate change, ageing populations and digitalisation, governments must act urgently to protect their workforce
  • Active labour market policies, universal healthcare and social protection are all needed if countries are to avoid losing their engine of growth

A labourer works on a construction site near Kolkata, India, on May 2. Some two-thirds of all workers in the Asia-Pacific region are employed informally, often on low wages, in hazardous conditions and without a contract. Photo: EPA-EFE
A labourer works on a construction site near Kolkata, India, on May 2. Some two-thirds of all workers in the Asia-Pacific region are employed informally, often on low wages, in hazardous conditions and without a contract. Photo: EPA-EFE
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