SA participates in G20 labour meeting

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant is leading the South African delegation to the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting (LEMM) in Mendoza, Argentina.

The ministers’ meeting, which kicks off on Thursday, will look into finalising the declaration to be submitted to the G20 Leaders’ Summit in November 2018.

“The two-day ministerial meeting will focus on issues relating to the technological change and labour market transformation, skills development, emerging forms of work and formality, social protection, inclusion for persons with disabilities and gender equality,” the Department of Labour Director-General, Thobile Lamati, said Tuesday.

Oliphant is also expected to lead the South African delegation to the joint G20 Education and Labour Ministers' Meeting, which will exchange views on the importance of coordinated work between education and labour.

The meeting will conclude by adopting a joint declaration reflecting on the perspectives of education and labour on the future of work.

Lamati said while the delegation is looking forward to participating in the meetings and sharing with G20 countries South Africa’s interventions in the labour market, the department is also looking forward to learning different mechanisms from other G20 members with regard to progress made in areas of gender equality, decent work and social protection.

“This visit will also afford Minister [Oliphant] an opportunity for bilateral engagements with her counterpart from Germany to discuss, among others, new areas of collaboration in view of the upcoming Binational Commission (BNC) scheduled for November 2018 in Pretoria.”

On the side-lines of the summit, Oliphant is also expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Brazil on cooperation in the fields of labour and employment, which aims to promote and strengthen relations between the two countries and reinforce bilateral cooperation in the field of labour and employment. –