Aid agencies tell PM G20 must prioritise jobs
A coalition of UK development organisations, including the TUC, has issued a bold agenda for the G20 meeting this week in Seoul. In a letter to the Prime Minister co-ordinated by umbrella group BOND, seventeen chief executives call for leadership on development, a focus on jobs and sustainable economic growth, reforms to global governance and action on tax avoidance, as well as a Financial Transactions Tax. The letter was accompanied by a more detailed briefing on each of these issues. This is a major step forward for unions, as jobs haven’t featured anywhere near as prominently in past development organisation statements. The briefing also makes clear development organisation support for just transition as part of the green growth agenda – a key demand of the global trade union movement in UN climate change negotiations. As well as TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber, the letter was signed by leaders of organisations like Oxfam, Save the Children, CAFOD and WWF.