G20 meeting needs to tackle jobless crisis and poverty: trade leader

14:21, November 05, 2010      

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The Group of 20 leaders' meeting needs to tackle the unemployment crisis and poverty, international union leader Sharan Burrow told Australia's media on Friday.

Burrow, previously the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) president and now International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) general secretary, will be in Seoul of South Korea for the global leaders' meeting next week.

She will take part in a trade union summit and hold meetings with international organization and government heads.

"More than 220 million people are currently unemployed - the highest level ever recorded," Brussels-based Burrow told Australia Associated Press on Friday.

"Around 15 percent of the total unemployed lost their jobs since 2007.

"Along with this, some 100 million people have been pushed into absolute poverty by the crisis."

Burrow suggested that coordinated action to generate decent jobs must be supported by effective regulation of banking and finance. It includes introduction of a financial transactions tax to take the burden of recovery off the shoulders of workers.

Meanwhile, Burrow said the G20 should agree to a working group on employment involving government, employer and trade union representatives.

This would help ensure that employment, education and training issues would be given the necessary profile in the G20's work in future, she said.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will attend the G20 meeting, which starts on November 11.



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