ITUC/TUAC Evaluation of the G20 Leaders’ Summit and Communiqué


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The G20 Leaders’ Summit in Antalya (15-16 November 2015) took place against the background of the tragic events in Paris. At the same time, the most recent economic forecasts of the OECD and the IMF confirmed the fragility of global growth, leaving the G20 growth aspirations in jeopardy. L20 representatives met two days ahead of the Summit to discuss priorities (http://www.ituc-csi.org/l20-summit-2015-unions-to-call-for) including coordinated action for quality jobs and youth employment, the need for a public investment plan, income inequality (see the ITUC Poll results: http://www.ituc-csi.org/ituc-poll-highlights-wage-stress), youth and women’s employment, climate action and the refugee crisis. They called on G20 governments to meet their employment targets and to reduce inequality with social protection, increased minimum wages and collective bargaining.

Two significant developments at the Summit were the extensive references to the need to reduce inequality and the target to reduce the number of young people excluded from jobs or training by 15% by 2025.

Participants at the L20 Summit were shocked by the terrorist attacks in France and stand in solidarity with the victims, their families and the French labour movement. We also note the attacks in Nigeria, Beirut and Kenya and those in Surac and Ankara in Turkey, and reaffirm our solidarity in defence of democracy and freedom.