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Australia to engage organised labour as G20 president in 2014

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Rudd, Kevin

Period of Service: 27/06/2013 to 07/09/2013

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Release Date: 05/08/2013

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 22786

Prime Minister, Treasurer

The Australian Government is very pleased to announce today that ACTU President Gerardine (Ged) Kearney will be the Australian leader of the ‘L20’ process of engagement between organised labour and the G20. Australia assumes the presidency of the G20 on 1 December this year.

Ms Kearney has a distinguished record as an advocate for Australian workers, and is the ideal person to develop a comprehensive and effective process of consultation between Australian workers and their international counterparts.

The Australian Government believes it is important that all sectors of society have the opportunity to contribute views to the G20 process. At a time when almost 200 million people are unemployed worldwide, policies to promote jobs and growth are necessarily at the core of the G20’s work, and the views of labour will be particularly relevant.

It has never been more important that all players in the economy work with governments to build a global economy in which nobody is left behind.

Ms Kearney will lead the Australian L20 Steering Group, a group of Australian labour leaders which will work closely with the International Trade Union Confederation and the Trade Union Advisory Committee of the OECD, as well as with international counterparts. Together they will develop a process for effective and productive engagement between organised labour and G20 leaders in 2014.

We are pleased to announce the following Australians as members of the L20 Steering Group who have been selected for their ability to engage across organised labour, both internationally and within Australia:..

  • Grant Belchamber, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Michael Borowick, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Leon Carter, Finance Sector Union
  • Paddy Crumlin, Maritime Union of Australia
  • Joe De Bruyn, Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association
  • Andrew Dettmer, Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
  • Charlie Donnelly, National Union of Workers
  • Nadine Flood, Community and Public Sector Union
  • Susan Hopgood, Australian Education Union
  • Paul Howes, Australian Workers Union
  • Mark Lennon, Unions New South Wales
  • Tim Lyons, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Grahame McCulloch, National Tertiary Education Union
  • Ron Monaghan, Queensland Council of Unions
  • Bob Nanva, Rail, Tram and Bus Union
  • Michael O'Connor, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union – National
  • Dave Oliver, Australian Council of Trade Unions
  • Michele O'Neil, Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia
  • Tony Sheldon, Transport Workers Union
  • David Smith, Australian Services Union
  • Louise Tarrant, United Voice
  • Lee Thomas, Australian Nursing Federation
  • Andrew Vickers, Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union – Mining and Energy Division
  • Chris Warren, Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance

Additionally, the L20 will engage actively on G20 issues with the business (B20), think-tank (Think 20) and civil society (C20) groups the government has already established, and with representatives of youth from G20 member countries.

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