Labour20 Dialogue Forum: Prosperity and good work worldwide

May 15, 2017

International trade unionists will be meeting in Berlin on 16th and 17th May for the Labour20 Dialogue Forum to discuss new rules for fair globalisation and work in the digital era. Chancellor Merkel will join in their discussions on the second day and receive their recommendations for the G20 Summit in July.

The Labour20 Dialogue is part of Chancellor Angela Merkel's G20 Dialogue Forum with civil society representatives. It has adopted as its motto Germany's three priorities for the G20 Presidency in 2017: "Ensuring stability, improving viability for the future and accepting responsibility".

At their two-day meeting the L20 will formulate joint positions and demands for the G20 Summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July. Chancellor Merkel will join in discussions with high-ranking trade union representatives on 17 May and receive their recommendations for the G20 Summit.

The second day of the event will be streamed live. Go to

Labour20: Growth and jobs

Shaping a fair global economy to ensure good work worldwide has been placed at the top of the L20 agenda.

Who are the L20?

The Labour 20 Group (L20) represents the interests of workers at the G20 level. It unites trade unions from the G20 countries and international trade union industry federations. The work of the L20 is organised by the G20 host country's trade union confederation, which this year is the German Trade Union Confederation (DGB).

Prosperity for economically weaker countries

The German Chancellor had already referred to the G20's priority topic of inclusive growth at the B20 Summit of business representatives on 3 May. Increasing economic prosperity had to benefit economically weaker countries too, Merkel said. It was up to businesses to take responsibility and also to comply with the guiding principles of sustainability and inclusive growth.

German Minister for Labour and Social Affairs Andrea Nahles will also be speaking at the L20 Dialogue Forum on 17th May. The Group of 20 has set itself the goal of strong, balanced, sustainable and inclusive economic growth. "Inclusive" in this sense means that economic growth should benefit all people in all countries. The private sector is called to improve prospects for work and good jobs – even in the face of the increasing spread of digital technology.

Sustainable supply chains

Sustainable global supply chains can help to further economic and social development around the world. It is up to international companies, too, to ensure that labour, social and environmental standards are adhered to everywhere.

The German Government was instrumental in ensuring, at the G7 Summit in 2015, that the issue gained its rightful place as a priority topic on the global agenda. The Action for Fair Production which the G7 labour and employment ministers agreed on that occasion paved the way for concrete steps to be taken.

Shaping the future of work in the digital era

Just like the G20 ministers for labour affairs, the L20 are in the process of redefining labour and social standards for work in the digital era. Digitalisation creates opportunities for good work. But new rules – for example for social security or education and training – are needed to ensure good employment conditions going forward.

Who is taking part in the L20 Summit?

Reiner Hoffmann, Chair of the DGB, will be hosting leaders of international trade union federations and high-ranking representatives of international organisations, including
- Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labor Organization (ILO),
- Gabriela Ramos, G20 Sherpa for the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),
- Sharan Burrow, General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC),
- Frances O’Grady, General Secretary of the British Trades Union Congress (TUC),
- Jean-Claude Mailly, General Secretary of the French General Confederation of Labour - Workers' Force (CGT-FO) and
- Trade union leaders from the G20 countries.

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Labour20 Dialogue Forum: Prosperity and good work worldwide

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Labour20 Dialogue Forum: Distributing prosperity fairly around the globe

Labour 20 Dialogue Forum: Distributing prosperity fairly around the globe

The Labour 20 group of trade union representatives want new rules for fair globalisation and work in the digital era. At the L20 Dialogue Forum international trade unionists handed over their recommendations for the G20 Summit to Chancellor Merkel. "In a networked world we need to stick close together," Merkel said.