The first G20 Employment Working Group (EWG) Meeting under Turkish G20 Presidency was held on 26-27 February 2015 in Antalya. The meeting was the first official G20 EWG meeting with the transformation of the prior G20 Task Force on Employment (TFE) into the current EWG. During the meeting, delegates exchanged views on a number of topics of mutual interest. Among these issues were:
In the second meeting of the EWG delegates touched on a number of subjects; including cooperation with the other G20 work streams, progress on gender gap commitment, occupational safety and health, strengthening the employment services and the link between employment and education. The proposals regarding possible methodologies in monitoring the commitments were also discussed during the meeting in detail.
The third meeting of the EWG comprised discussions on the contribution of labour mobility to growth, outcomes of the workshop on “Silver Economy and Active Ageing” and the second meeting of the “EWG Sub-group on Labour Income Share and Inequalities”, finalization of the template on self-reporting of Employment Plans and discussions on a possible collective action against youth unemployment. The delegates also discussed and adopted the draft documents for the Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting.
In line with the overall priorities of Turkish G20 Presidency, which is formulated as three “i”s: Inclusiveness, Investment for growth and Implementation; the Labour and Employment Ministers of the G20 members and invited countries focused on promoting more inclusive labour markets, increasing investment on human resources, and achieving successful implementation through effective monitoring.
G20 Finance and Labour Ministers met in Ankara on September 4th, 2015 to discuss the issues of growth - employment relationship and inequalities. The meeting brought together the Labour and Finance Ministers from G20 members and guest countries, as well as representatives of international organizations and social partners to discuss strategies to deliver more and better jobs and to reduce inequalities with a view to support inclusive growth priority of G20.