The G-20 wants to promote an inclusive labor market

September 19, 2022

JAKARTA – The Group of 20 (G20) Labor and Employment Ministers Meeting (LEMM) in Jimbaran Bali earlier this week agreed on a plan to accelerate the development of an inclusive labor market for people disabilities.

The members of the group agreed on Wednesday on the action plan on accelerating and following up the G20 principles for the integration of people with disabilities into the labor market.

Labor Minister Ida Fauziyah, who chaired the meeting, stressed the need for commitment to oversee the implementation of the principles.

“Furthermore, the monitoring of the implementation and integration of persons with disabilities in the labor market should be based on a list of indicators which will be analyzed and submitted by the ILO and the OECD, and presented all the four years,” Ida said.

The inclusive labor market document was part of the so-called Bali commitments agreed by G20 labor ministers, which included at least five agreement documents for global employment policy.

Another agreement was to increase the capacity and productivity of human resources by implementing lifelong learning, which pays attention to local needs and inclusive community participation, through community vocational training ( CBVT).

“CBVT offers an inclusive and sustainable professional training approach,” said Ida.

Three other agreements focused on the commitment to strengthen inclusive and sustainable employment opportunities, through the development and support of entrepreneurship and MSME programmes: on the granting of adaptive labor protection for all workers in response to changes in the world of work, on the development of integrated governance to ensure every citizen receives a decent basic education and access to continuous skills improvement.

“These documents, which should be guidelines for the development of labor policies, are certainly applicable not only to G20 countries, but also to developing countries,” Ida stressed.

The Minister said that as Chair of the G20 LEMM, she had heard many comments and opinions during the meeting, related to the global labor market conditions which still face challenges and uncertainties in the era. post-pandemic.

In addition to the five documents, the meeting also produced joint Labor 20 (L20) and Business 20 (B20) statements.

“Ministers, heads of delegation and international organizations appreciate the commitment of both social partners to establish harmonious industrial relations and to integrate social dialogue to meet future employment challenges,” she said.

“The B20 and L20 are collaborating to overcome global and geopolitical challenges through the preparation of tripartite recommendations that encourage the reform of employment conditions, in particular to close the gaps in employment opportunities and conditions between developed countries and developing countries,” said Indonesian B20 President Shinta Kamdani.

Participating in the meeting virtually from Jakarta, Vice President Ma’ruf Amin stressed the urgency of strengthening social protection for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the best ways to achieve this, he said, is to ensure respect for workers’ rights through assistance and support tailored to the conditions encountered.

“Adaptive assistance and support in Indonesia is part of the national economic recovery program, in the form of wage subsidy assistance program, pre-work card program, production assistance program micro-enterprises and the labor-intensive program,” said the Vice President.

In addition to direct aid, Ma’ruf also said it was crucial to build the capacity for innovation and literacy among workers, especially in areas that will create new jobs in the future, such as digital technology and green economy. (dre)

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