Employers and trade unions recently held consultations in Moscow with the G20 Employment Task Force, according to the International Organization of Employers. The session was hosted by the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, whose vice president, David Iakobachvili, presented the business perspective along with his fellow co-chair of the B20 Job Creation Task Force, Erol Kiresepi of the Turkish employer federation TISK.
In their comments to the task force, Iakobachvili and Kiresepi called on the G20 to recognize the key job-creating role of the private sector, and to commit to addressing within their respective economies the barriers to business creation and growth. Iakobachvili cited “complicated and rigid labor law” as a major stumbling block to hiring, especially for SMEs. He recommended improving education and training systems to match skill sets with the needs of business.
Kirespi called for countries to share experiences by mapping and measuring instruments that were successful, cost-effective and could be replicated.
USCIB Executive Vice President Ronnie Goldberg is a member of the B20 Job Creation Task Force, which is coordinated by the IOE and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD. The task force will next meet in March in Geneva to advance plans for a private-sector apprenticeship network.
Read more on the IOE’s website.
Staff contact: Ronnie Goldberg