Come up with policy in response to decent work, social protection challenges, G20 tasks labour ministers

Leaders of the G20 countries have charged their labour ministers to come up with policy that would adequately respond to the challenges of decent work and social protection.

Besides, they have expressed commitment to an inclusive society that boosts the participation of women, youth and people with disabilities.

They asked their labour ministers, who will meet in Matsuyama in September, to foster adequate policy responses to the challenges to decent work and social protection created by new forms of work, particularly those driven by technological innovation.

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ILO Director-General, Guy Ryder said that, “the G20’s focus on achieving labour market inclusion during this time of rapid change within the world of work is encouraging, and sets the right course for policies that support equitable, sustainable policies that support decent work.”

He said that the leaders’ communiqué, “compliments the Centenary Declaration on the Future of Work, that was adopted by the ILO’s member states only a few days ago.”

While new forms of work create opportunities for job creation, the leaders asked their ministers to exchange good practices that will help generate policy options that support both decent work and social protection.

The communiqué also restated the leaders’ commitment to promoting decent work and eradicating child labour, forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery, including in global supply chains.

The communiqué stressed that gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are key drivers of sustainable and inclusive growth.

The leaders noted the report of the ILO and OECD, Women at Work in G20 Countries, on progress made in reaching the Brisbane Goal to reduce the gender labour force participation gap by 25 per cent by 2025, and committed to accelerating their efforts and to evaluating progress on the basis of the annual ILO/OECD report.

The leaders highlighted the burden of unpaid care work, borne disproportionately by women, and condemned violence, abuse and harassment against women at work.

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