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The Labour 20 Statement from workers and trade unions at the G20 sets out policies for leaders which will ensure co-ordinated action to create quality jobs for the future, reduce inequality to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and meet the commitments in the Paris Agreement.

The ITUC Global Poll 2017, covering over half the G20 countries, found that 74% of people worry about rising inequality between the richest 1% and the rest of the population, 73% worry about losing their jobs and 83% think the minimum wage is not enough to live on.

“Globalisation is in trouble because the world’s workforce is in trouble and people simply don’t trust governments which are simply offering them more of the same. People want global rules for global supply chains where multinational corporates are held to account, they want a minimum wage on which they can live with dignity, they want investment in jobs for themselves and their children and they want their governments to act on climate,” said Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation.
The road map for the G20 has been set by the G20 Labour Ministers Declaration, but it remains for the G20 Leaders to re-affirm the call from their Labour Ministers to:

Implement an integrated set of policies that places people and decent jobs at centre stage with investment in enabling green infrastructure and the care economy.

Ensure that violations of decent work and fundamental principles and rights at work cannot be part of competition, with mandated due diligence for human rights in global supply chains.
“The G20 Hamburg Summit is taking place after a year of backlash by voters against governments, institutions and the very functioning of economic systems, in particular a global system that has done far more to liberalise and de-regulate markets than to share the costs and benefits of globalisation fairly,” said John Evans, General Secretary, Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC).

“The G20 Labour Ministers agreed on policies that, if acted upon, would bring young people, women and migrants into decent work. They also underlined the role of social partners in creating a good future of work for everyone. G20 Leaders need to re-affirm this and the key role of collective bargaining and social dialogue. Business and labour at the G20 level jointly call for a lifelong learning guarantee and permanent quality jobs across sectors. It is time for the G20 to bring their Finance and Labour Ministerial outcomes in line to achieve these goals,” said Evans.

The Labour 20 is calling on G20 leaders to commit to:

A fiscal stimulus to exit the low growth trap and to engage a just transition to a low-carbon and digitalised economy;

Placing job quality and wages at the centre of G20 actions to tackle rising inequalities;

Closing the gender employment and pay gap;

Supporting youth employment and skills development;

Setting the standard for responsible business conduct with mandated due diligence for human rights in global supply chains;

Increasing tax transparency;

Ensuring a fair distribution of benefits from technological change;

A joint response to the large movements of refugees and the integration of migrants;

Translating climate change commitments into reality;

Aligning G20 policies with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda;

Mainstreaming social dialogue and ensuring policy coherence within the G20.

“G20 governments have a mandate to act from their people. 85% of people in the ITUC Global Poll say the time has come to re-write the rules to promote growth and share prosperity and 93% believe it’s important that their government take a stand against corporate abuse and stand up for the rule of law,” said Sharan Burrow.

L20 Statement Hamburg G20 Summit 2017

Each of the G20 summits of the past seven years has suffered in comparison with the London and Pittsburgh Summits of 2009, when the imperative of crisis response motivated leaders, finance ministers, and central bankers to coordinate effectively with each other. Subsequent summits have lacked the same sense of urgency and have failed to deliver any kind of agenda that can be pinpointed as clearly as “saving the global economy.” This week’s summit in Hamburg, Germany promises more of the same, with the real possibility that the G20’s stock could fall even further at the hands of a non-cooperative US delegation.

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. (Plutarch, ancient Greek biographer, 46–120 CE)
-Be reminded that poverty, as such, is now classified as a human rights violation. (Francine Mestrum, CETIM)
-Poverty is part of the system, not an event! (Seth Godin)
-What if the problem of poverty is that it is profitable to other people…? (Matthew Desmond)

When people rendered poor know their rights and can act on this knowledge, long-term change becomes more likely (A. Campolina)

There are people so poor that they only have money… (Albino Gomez)

Today the last negotiation (trialogue) between the European Parliament,
Council of Member States and European Commission failed to strike a
deal for the 5th reform of the EU anti-money laundering directive
(AMLD). The European Parliament voted in February 2017 an ambitious
position to curb money laundering and financial crimes like tax
evasion. The Parliament has been negotiating with the Maltese
presidency in order to agree an improved legislative framework.

Final Declaration:

Defending human rights to protect health

In the last PHM Europe meeting held in London in October 2016, we agreed to stand in solidarity with our friends and colleagues in Turkey (Turkish Academics for Peace) who are suffering from severe repression by Erdogan's regime - for the only reason of defending the basic human right to health. We are meeting in Istanbul this weekend to say together that health can only be reached through peace. We will always oppose wars that oppress and kill innocent people.

In solidarity with the Turkish Academics for Peace, and all the Turkish people suffering from political oppression for standing for human rights, we call the groups and individuals of the People's Health Movement in Europe and throughout the world to take concrete actions to raise awareness and support the struggle for civil and political rights in Turkey:


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