Unions challenge G20 finance ministers to unleash green jobs investment

42 million jobs in six G20 countries over five years – New report shows growth potential

The International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) has called on G20 G20 The Group of Twenty, or G20, is a forum for international cooperation on the most important aspects of the international economic and financial agenda. It brings together 19 countries and the European Union, which together represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two thirds of the world’s population. Finance ministers to drive investment of at least 2% of GDP in the green economy in the wake of independent economic analysis forecasting the potential for green jobs growth.

The Millennium Institute green investment model shows how new investments of 2% of GDP in just six G20 G20 The Group of Twenty, or G20, is a forum for international cooperation on the most important aspects of the international economic and financial agenda. It brings together 19 countries and the European Union, which together represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two thirds of the world’s population. countries, in each of the next five years, could create up to 42 million jobs.

• 24 million jobs could be created in the economies of Australia, Germany and the USA over five years
• Emerging market economies including Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa could create over 18 million jobs in five years.

“The G20 G20 The Group of Twenty, or G20, is a forum for international cooperation on the most important aspects of the international economic and financial agenda. It brings together 19 countries and the European Union, which together represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two thirds of the world’s population. are the world’s large economies. If investing 2% of GDP in just six of these economies over five years can create 42 million jobs, imagine how many could be created if finance ministers drive investment in all 20 economies,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation.

The IMF’s ‘World Economic Outlook’ has warned about the impact of austerity cuts, causing mass unemployment in many European countries. One in two young people in Spain and Greece don’t have a job.

G20 G20 The Group of Twenty, or G20, is a forum for international cooperation on the most important aspects of the international economic and financial agenda. It brings together 19 countries and the European Union, which together represent around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two thirds of the world’s population. finance ministers have to shift from austerity that is creating despair to growth and job creation. Putting people and especially young people back to work is the only way to avoid detonating a social time-bomb,” said John Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD.

International unions are calling for a financial transactions tax, which could raise around 620 billion dollars per year globally to drive investment, needed to grow more jobs in the real economy, and regulation of the financial sector to drive real growth.
“It is workers, in work who will drive the world out the economic crisis, not the bankers,” said Sharan Burrow.

Read the Green and Decent jobs summary

Read the Global Unions statement to the 2012 Spring meetings of the IMF and World Bank, 20 – 22 April 2012

Read the new ITUC briefing paper "IMF involvement in labour market and social protection reforms in European countries – Greece, Ireland, Portugal, Romania, Bulgaria, Spain”

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