08 Sep

European Union sees G20 Employment meeting as great opportunity

European Union sees G20 Employment meeting as great opportunity

The European Union (EU) will collaborate for universally better employment outcomes at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' meeting in Melbourne on 10 and 11 September 2014.

European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion László Andor will represent the EU at the meeting to contribute for positive outcomes for all.

The EU supports the 2014 G20 priorities on boosting jobs and participation, notably female participation; preventing structural unemployment, supporting youth employment; better quality jobs, safer workplaces and addressing under-employment and informal jobs.

Our major priorities remain youth unemployment, gender gaps in employment and pay, controlling undeclared work for fairer working conditions and better quality of employment, and health and safety at work.

We are acting to implement the Youth Guarantee under which EU Member States should ensure that, within four months of leaving school or losing a job, young people can either find a job suited to their education, skills, and experience or acquire the education, skills and experience required to find a job in the future.

In relation to gender we agree with estimates that reducing the current gap in participation between men and women in G20 economies by 25% by 2025 could bring more than 100 million women into the labour force, laying the foundations for productive and rewarding jobs for women. This should be a benchmark for action.

The Commissioner will further discuss employment and labour issues with the Australian Labour Minister, Senator Eric Abetz and he will hold a round table discussion at RMIT University hosted by the European Union centres of RMIT and University of Melbourne.

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