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Yolanda Díaz advocates to G-20 stepping up measures to enhance employment of young people in quality jobs

Thursday 10 September 2020

The work of the G-20 employment ministers culminated in the signing of the ministerial declaration entitled "Access for everyone to opportunities in 21st Century' which point to the need to promote dignified work, particularly for women and young people in a reconstruction scenario following the devastating effects of the COVID-19 health crisis.

In this regard, Yolanda Díaz stated that "We must protect the most vulnerable sectors and people, adopting forceful measures to that end to combat insecurity, informality and inequality". In other words, employment rights should be at the heart of the reconstruction.

Social shield

The Minister for Work and Social Economy explained to her G-20 counterparts the raft of measures we "have deployed with a great deal of hard work" and that constitute a "social shield against the pandemic", underlined Yolanda Díaz, in line with the declaration signed at the meeting of ministers that concluded on Thursday.

Within this protective framework, Yolanda Díaz described tackling the situation of youth employment as a "priority" and announced that "we are going to step up national measures to enhance youth employment and quality jobs".

Similarly, the Minister for Work outlined the measures recently adopted to oversee gender equality, quoting the agreement for the development of effective equality at work between men and women that will guarantee equal pay, the effectiveness of equality plans and wage transparency.

The minister also specified the measures to protect independent contracts, those that work on temporary employment contracts and domestic workers, as well as the mechanisms to facilitate work/life balance and co-responsibility in care and assistance, the MECUIDA Programme and the measures to ensure effective equality between men and women in the job market is overseen.

ERTEs as a cross-cutting policy

The Minister for Work and Social Economy also highlighted, as the central measure on employment protection, the application of Temporary Lay-off Plans (Spanish acronym: ERTEs) - a commitment that has proven to be "successful in maintaining jobs and the business fabric" and underlined that "this protective instrument is the result of social dialogue as a cross-cutting policy of our government's action".

Access for everyone to opportunities in the 21st Century

The declaration signed by the G-20 work and employment ministers entitled "Access for everyone to opportunities in 21st Century' is a commitment to "prevent inequalities, particularly gender inequality", suffered by workers.

The international employment ministers who signed the declaration undertake to continue working "in collaboration and coordination to contribute to guarantee the post-COVID economic recovery focused on job creation".

In her speech to the rest of the G-20 employment ministers, she highlighted the importance of regulating remote working and working on platforms by providing these activities with guarantees and rights, together with the transition towards a greener and more digitalised economy that will provide great opportunities for the job market.

In line with the commitment to "sustainable, balanced and inclusive" growth with dignified jobs for everyone, as indicated in the Riyadh Declaration, the Minister for Work and Social Economy concluded that "we must advocate this work being of good quality and with rights as the core element to ensure greater socio-economic progress" which, as Yolanda Díaz also stated, is a task that the Government of Spain is committed to.

Lastly, the minister expressed the government's firm commitment to multilateralism, and highly rated the work of international organisations and the committed groups present.

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