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[IWS] ITUC/TUAC: LABOUR 20 (L20) AUSTRALIA 2014 [December 2013]

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Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



International Trade Union Confederton (ITUC)

Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD



LABOUR 20 (L20) Australia 2014 [December 2013]

The Labour 20 – L20 represents the interests of workers at the G20 level. It unites trade unions from G20 countries and Global Unions and is convened by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD.

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), Civil 20 and Youth 20.

The L20 conveys key messages of the global labour movement at consultations with the Employment Task Force and Sherpa meetings, Labour and Finance Ministers meetings and G20 Summits. Joint consultations of social partners with Leaders as well as Finance and 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. 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.

News L20

·         Labour 20 at the Sydney G20 Sherpa Meeting to set priorities for 2014


The first G20 Sherpa Meeting under the Australian Presidency in Sydney gives an occasion to the Labour 20 (L20) to present key priorities for 2014. Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and Ged Kearney, the President of the Central trade union confederation of Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) are both at the meeting to raise L20 concerns concerning the future G20 agenda.

·         On the way to Australia: Labour20 at the third G20 Employment Task Force Meeting


In the transitional phase between the Russian and Australian Presidencies of the G20, the Employment Task Force (ETF) met on October 18 in Geneva to discuss the recent Saint Petersburg Summit outcomes and to look forward to Brisbane in 2014.

·         G20 Saint Petersburg Summit Outcomes


The ITUC-TUAC Secretariat issued a L20 evaluation of the G20 Saint-Petersburg Summit that you can download here. It focuses on the G20 economic policies and future actions on jobs and income inequality, and comments on the Saint-Petersburg Action Plan.

·         Social partners ready to expand G20 cooperation


Representatives from Business 20 and Labour 20 spoke at the International Media Centre after their meeting with G20 Leaders.

·         G20 Leaders’ Meeting with social partners kicks off in St.Petersburg


The G20 Leaders’ Meeting with social partners - Business 20 and Labour 20 - was held in St.Petersburg on the second day of the G20 Summit. At the meeting, business and trade union representatives presented their recommendations to the G20 Leaders.




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