Q3/2019 - Japanese G20 Presidency

G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, Matsuyama, 2 September 2019

The topics discussed at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting on 2 September 2019 in the Japanese city of Matsuyama included the role of the Internet and of new technologies for the future of work. The outcome document "Shaping a Human-Centered Future of Work" contains a paragraph on the role of new technologies, including digital platforms, with regard to the future of work. The ministers agreed on an extended exchange of experiences made at the national level with regard to the effects of new technologies on the evolution of the labour market (best practices & lessons learned). They welcomed the recommendations of the Global Commission on the Future of Work of the International Labour Organization (ILO) as they were summarised in the "ILO Centenary Declaration for the Future of Work"  of June 2019[1].

Under Japanese G20 Presidency, a G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting will be held, too. It is scheduled for 22 and 23 November 2019 in Nagoya. In 2020, the G20 presidency will be handed over to Saudi Arabia. In 2021 Italy will take over and in 2022 India will be in charge.

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  1. [1] Shaping a Human-Centered Future of Work, Ministerial Declaration, G20 Labour and Employment Ministers' Meeting 2019, Matsuyama, Ehime, Japan, September 2, 2019: „New forms of work: 31. New forms of work, particularly those driven by new technology, can remove barriers to work, provide important sources of employment and income, and present opportunities to make our economies more inclusive. On the other hand, they can raise concerns over poor working conditions, inadequate social protection, restrictions to social dialogue and collective bargaining, respect for workers' rights, and the promotion of decent work. In particular, internationally dispersed digital platform work adds difficulties in effective protection of workers. 32. Despite differing national circumstances, policy directions in response to new forms of work are similar among G20 members: correct classification of workers, extending workers' rights, and promoting social protection and lifelong learning opportunities. 33. In order to tackle these challenges and maximize the opportunities of new forms of work, we will strengthen the evidence base and continue to exchange our experiences and good practices in consultation with social partners and with the support of the International Organizations. Mindful of wider policy developments in the digital economy, we will also consider possible international responses consistent with fundamental principles and rights at work.“ Siehe: http://www.g20.utoronto.ca/2019/2019-g20-labour.html