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Global Economic Crisis / More than 70 per cent of workers lack unemployment insurance

The recent global economic crisis has served as a stark reminder of why unemployment insurance matters. But the reality is that fewer than half of almost 200 countries monitored by the ILO offer such protection.

More than 70 per cent of workers worldwide have no statutory access to unemployment insurance or any type of unemployment assistance, the International Labour Organization (ILO) has said.

Unemployment insurance schemes exist in 72 countries out of 198 monitored by the ILO, most of them being middle- and high-income countries.

The proportion of unemployed workers without any such income security is even higher (86 per cent) if one includes those who haven’t paid social security contributions long enough to qualify for unemployment benefits, as many unemployment insurance schemes are based on contributions.

More than 86 per cent of the almost 40 million people who dropped out of the labour market since 2008 found themselves without a regular income from one day to the other.” “This means that more than 86 per cent of the almost 40 million people who dropped out of the labour market since 2008 found themselves without a regular income from one day to the other,” says ILO social protection expert Florence Bonnet…

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Crise économique mondiale / Plus de 70 pour cent des travailleurs n’ont pas d’assurance-chômage

POSTÉ PAR  ⋅ 14/11/2012 ⋅ LAISSER UN COMMENTAIRE

La récente crise économique mondiale a brutalement rappelé l’intérêt que présente l’assurance chômage. Mais, en réalité, moins de la moitié des presque 200 pays suivis par l’OIT dispense ce type de protection. Plus de 70 pour cent des travailleurs dans le monde n’ont pas accès à l’assurance chômage, a constaté l’Organisation internationale du Travail (OIT). … Lire la suite »

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