Ensure that recovery measures maximise job creation and include active labour market policies;
Provide adequate social security and labour protection so as to protect the most vulnerable and aid recovery;
Invest in human development through education and training;
Address the employment and social impacts of the global crisis, engage in meaningful social dialogue with the social partners and take steps to protect rights at this time of increasing vulnerability.
18 In addition G20 Leaders should:
Take immediate steps to ensure that the recovery measures are adequate for maintaining and protecting jobs and provide social protection;
Develop ‘green economy’ investments that can shift the world economy on to a low-carbon growth path and create good jobs by launching the ‘Green New Deal’ called for by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);
Combat the risk of wage deflation and reverse the growth of income inequality by extending the coverage of collective bargaining and strengthening wage setting institutions;
Discourage companies from making workers redundant by helping businesses affected by temporary slumps in sales through, for example, support for short-time working schemes, which reduce the number of hours, rather than the number of workers;
Adjust social safety net and active labour market policies to better protect and support young workers including; broadening the eligibility criteria for unemployment benefits, social assistance and access to training; and supporting apprentices who, having lost their jobs, are unable to complete their training. G20 governments should provide ‘Employment Guarantee Schemes’ for young workers who have been unemployed for more than six months;
Provide income support, in particular through expanded unemploy- ment benefit programmes. Options include: increasing benefit levels; extending benefit duration; expanded coverage; and the introduction of temporary and short-term income compensation for workers not eligible for unemployment benefit. The design of unemployment benefit programmes should exclude the possibility of employers influ- encing whether or when such payments are made;
Ensure full respect of national and international standards on workers rights regarding termination of employment;
Address the problem of precarious work, which is affecting increasing numbers of workers and particularly women. Priority must be given to creating decent and skilled jobs, enhancing functional flexibility through adequate training schemes and giving workers a voice in managing change;
Take steps to eliminate the gender pay gap;
Assure migrant workers the full respect of the same rights as other citizens;
Address the pension fund crisis by ensuring that employers take their fair share of the pension risk, strengthening existing guarantee schemes and reforming pension fund investment regulation.