L20

The Labour 20 – L20 - represents the interests of workers at 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. level. It unites trade unions from 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 and Global Unions and is convened by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.

On December 1, 2018, Japan assumed the Presidency of 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. . Prime Minister Shinzo Abe presented an agenda focusing on “promoting free trade and innovation, achieving both economic growth and reduction of disparities”, the attainment of SDGs SDGs The Sustainable Development Goals were one of the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. The members States launched a new set of future international development goals, which will build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. , investment in infrastructure and international health, addressing climate change and ocean plastic waste, and achieving “Society 5.0” - “a society where all individuals are actively engaged”.

The L20 host trade union centre and its President Rikio Kozu, as well as the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), and the Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC) will hold the L20 Summit on August 29-30 in Tokyo.

The Labour and Employment Ministers who meet in Matsuyama on 1-2 September will discuss demographic change comprising ageing society challenges such as pension financing, longer working life and care service jobs as well as plans to increase women’s labour market participation, and an “exchange of practices” on the future of work and new forms of work. A small delegation of high-level trade union representatives will attend and contribute to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting.

Since the outbreak of the financial crisis in 2008, the L20 engages around the G20 inter-governmental process to ensure inclusive and constructive dialogue on ‘Jobs and Growth’ as one of the official outreach groups together with the Business 20 (B20) and other outreach groups. Read More G20/L20 2008-2018

The L20 conveys key messages of the global labour movement at the Employment Working Group and Sherpa meetings, Labour and Finance Ministers meetings and G20 Summits. Joint consultations of social partners with Leaders as well as Labour Ministers are an integral part of the G20 process.

Members of the L20 formulate key messages in a broad consultative process and confirm policy goals at the L20 Summit for each G20 presidency.

L20’s policy and advocacy will centre on:

  • continuing the work of the sub-group on labour income share, and on decent work especially in supply chains and the transformation of work;
  • addressing income inequality with minimum wages and collective bargaining, respect for labour rights, and social protection;
  • increasing investment in infrastructure and the care economy;
  • closing the gender pay gap together with measures to increase women’s labour market participation;
  • preparing workers for a job-rich, rewarding Future of Work;
  • addressing adverse effects of digitalisation and plurilateral e-commerce rules on labour markets and regulatory frameworks;
  • promoting tax transparency and accountability;
  • policy coordination to achieve a just transition to a carbon neutral economy and the digital transformation;
  • protecting migrants’ labour rights; and achieving the Agenda 2030.

The L20 has consistently pressed:

  • to generate investment to create quality jobs;
  • to scale up quality apprenticeships and skills;
  • to ensure the formalisation of work through minimum wages, labour rights and social protection floors;
  • to achieve sustainable, green and inclusive growth;
  • to ensure fair income distribution;
  • to re-regulate the financial sector;
  • and to follow-up on the implementation of G20 past and future commitments.

Contact

General
Anna Byhovskaya
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD
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Press
Gemma Swart
International Trade Union Confederation
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