L20 presents recommendations for the G20 leaders

Labour union representatives closed the L20 summit today with a set of proposals for G20 countries that look towards a fair transition to a digital economy and gender equality in the labour market.

The Summit of the Labour 20 (L20), the G20 engagement group that brings together representatives from labour unions from G20 countries, ended this afternoon in Mendoza with a set of agreed proposals that will be sent for consideration by G20 leaders.

The two-day meeting at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Mendoza, Argentina, was attended by Gerardo Martínez, L20 Chair; Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC); Pedro Villagra Delgado, Argentine G20 Sherpa; Gabriela Ramos, Chief of Staff and G20 Sherpa of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD); Erol Kiresepi, President of the International Organization of Employers; and Pierre Habbard, General Secretary of the OECD’s Trade Union Advisory Committee, as well as representatives from over 14 countries.  

“I really appreciate the recommendations submitted by the L20. We appreciate concrete proposals, which have arisen from the consensus reached after so much work. We need to focus on the abilities, skills and opportunities of our workers,” said Jorge Triaca, Argentine Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security, on receiving the document.

In the L20 statement, labour union representatives call for “ensuring minimum living wages, promoting the fundamental rights to organize and collective bargaining, and reinforcing and investing in universal social protection systems,” among other requirements.

They also call upon “preparing the workforce for a ‘just transition’ to a digital future of work,” recommending social dialogue on technology deployment and investment needs, reinforcing and adapting social protection systems, and taking early measures to ensure that non-conventional forms of work are not used to avoid responsibility towards workers.

“Rapid technological change requires new regulations and investment in jobs, and a just transition framework to ensure full employment,” the document also reads.

Labour union leaders stress that it is necessary to “close regulatory gaps for platform workers,” and to “develop future skills today,” also underscoring the importance of the creation of the Education Working Group and of holding the G20 joint ministerial meeting.

Furthermore, it is essential to “promote labour formalization and regulate non-standard forms of work,” as well as “prepare the youth for the future of work.”

The gender gap is another key issue. “Women contribute some USD10 trillion from direct employment and around the same amount from unpaid care to the global economy. However, women’s participation has stalled and gender inequalities in the labour market persist.”

The declaration also recommends “purging global supply chains of precariousness, informality, slavery and child labour,” as well as addressing climate change, the employment needs of migrants and refugees, and “promoting decent work for persons with disabilities.”