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  • Pub Date: Aug 29, 2013
  • SAIIA Online Briefing: G20 2013: Labour20
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  • In this special series of podcasts we look ahead at Group of 20 or G20 summit to be held in St Petersburg, Russia on the 5 and 6 September 2013.

    As host this year, Russia solicited views of from various groups such as the youth, civil society business and think tanks; for inclusion in the bigger G-20 process. Another sector included this year was that of labour. In July 2013, the Labour 20 meeting in Russia, brought together union representatives from around the world. South Africa's labour federation called the Congress of South African Trade Unions or Cosatu was present at that meeting.

    We speak to Bongani Masuku, Cosatu's international secretary on what the Labour 20 meeting aims to do. We ask him:

    1) What is your sense of Russia using its G20 presidency to promote discussions on labour issues ahead of the G20 summit?

    2) Globally, the labour market is under pressure and it is central to bigger debates on global financial recovery which is exactly what the G20 aims to address. How were these issues addressed at the Labour 20 forum?

    3) There have been concerns that the G20 agenda might be overshadowed by the G8 agenda. Is this a legitimate concern?

    4) What happens after the Labour 20? Will these issues actually feed into the bigger G-20 agenda?

    This is part of a special series of G20 video interviews by the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). For the full list of SAIIA podcasts and video interviews visit http://www.saiia.org.za/type/multimedia
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