Washington: The first-ever meeting of
Labor Ministers from G-20 countries, including India, that
began here today has stressed on the need to create new jobs
and preservation of the existing ones as the working class
across the globe are among most hit by the current global
Union Minister for Labour and Employment Mallikarjun
Kharge is attending the two-day meeting in which participants
are discussing job creation and preparing global workforce for
a post-crisis economy.
In a set of recommendation drafted ahead of meeting,
the Labour Ministers of G-20 - a grouping of top 20 economies
of the world - say that as some countries experience economic
recovery "continued attention be paid to job creation and job
preservation, including vigorous implementation of existing
policies and consideration for additional employment
The G-20 Labour Ministers, who are scheduled to meet
US President Barack Obama at the White House today, are
expected to recommend strengthening of social protection
systems; employment and poverty alleviation are placed at the
centre of national and global economic strategies; the quality
of jobs are improved where fundamental rights at work are
respected, and that workforces are prepared for future
challenges and opportunities through skills training.
"It will establish a firm basis for the ambitious
recommendations that we will give to our respective Leaders to
achieve the balanced global economic growth that all of our
countries want, and that will provide the economic security we
seek for our workers in the years ahead," said US Labor
Secretary Hilda L Solis in her opening remarks.
The meeting would help the participating nations to
develop an understanding among themselves of the range of
labor market conditions and challenges in the G-20 countries.
Talking to foreign reporters a day earlier, Solis said
the main objective of the meeting is to prepare a set of
recommendations for measures that countries should consider in
order to tackle the job crisis.
"These measures will help set the stage for a
sustainable, balanced recovery that creates good jobs for all
those who want to work or who are underemployed," she said.
"The second goal is to develop an understanding among
the ministers on the range of labor market conditions and
challenges faced by the G-20 countries in order to build a
foundation for future discussion and cooperation," Solis said.