ITUC: G20 focus on jobs but leaders distracted with political tensions

 By- Mohammed El- Sabagh:

The International Trade Unions Federation criticized G20 leaders as they were “distracted with politics” which affected their concentration on the main topic; Jobs. ITUC considered in a press release that, the G20 statement took positive steps towards “recognizing urgent action on the social crisis of unemployment”.

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation, said unanimous support for the first international plan to tackle profit shifting by big business and tax evasion signals a return to collective action.

“Jobs, investment and growth have focused leaders’ attention during the Russian Presidency, but unemployment is still rising above 200 million and the disaster of declining growth in the BRICS countries is adding to social exclusion and despair,” said Sharan Burrow in a press release.

“Recognition of social dialogue with business and labour and the need to strengthen demand and reduce inequality with wage bargaining including national wage setting mechanisms is an imperative for income led growth,” said John Evans, General Secretary, TUAC.

The L20 / B20 joint call for sustainable investment in infrastructure and the accompanying principles for long-term investment were accepted by G20 leaders.

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