Tens of millions of workers around the world are on the verge of losing jobs amid coronavirus pandemic, the UN labor agency said, raising a need for promoting social dialogue among governments, employers and workers on policy making during times of crisis.

On Friday, the International Labour Organization (ILO) announced that workplace closures have risen so fast that 81% of the global workforce lives in countries with mandatory or recommended closures.

“In upper-middle-income countries, this represents 87% of the workforce and 70% in high-income countries,” said Guy Ryder, the ILO Director-General.

He added COVID-19 is now also impacting the

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