Young workers call on G20 Labour Ministers to tackle youth unemployment

Since the economic crisis began, the unemployment rise has hit young people particularly hard and threatens long-term growth potential. Breaking into the particularly damaging cycle of high and rising youth unemployment is necessary to “buy time” for young people until broader measures can be successful in kick-starting job growth in the global economy.

On 14th and 15th May, young trade unionists from all over the world are meeting in Guadalajara, Mexico, prior 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. Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting, to focus 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. ’s attention about the dramatic situation of young people looking for a job. A new report “The Social Crisis Behind the Economic Crisis – the Millions of Young People Unemployed”, will be released at the ITUC Youth Committee meeting, focusing on the situation of young European workers and the answers from the trade union movement to the problems they face.

“Wage policies need to ensure that young people receive ‘the rate for the job’. Minimum wages for young workers must not be lowered – this would only spark a race to the bottom,” said Sharan Burrow, ITUC General Secretary. “The rights of young workers should not be compromised through weakening their protection at work.”

Other issues that will be discussed over the two-day meeting include the forthcoming ILO International Labour Conference, the Rio+20 Rio+20 Rio+20 was a UN conference of the highest possible level, including the heads of state and government or other high-level representatives. It was coordinated by UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs (DESA). Rio+20 was a follow up of two important events: the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. The conference took place 20 to 22 June 2012 and was accompanied by a number of side events (People’s Summit, Dialogue Days, Trade Union Assembly on Labour and Environment, etc.). One of the outputs of Rio+20 was the Sustainable Development Goals. Summit, how to increase the representation of young people in trade union organisations and experiences with trade union renewal.
The Guadalajara event is the sixth meeting of the ITUC Youth Committee since the Confederation was founded in 2006. The Committee includes young men and women from each region: Asia-Pacific, Africa, the Americas and Europe.

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