SOLIDARITY STATEMENT WITH IMMIGRANT TRADERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

StreetNet International, representing more than 600 000 members in the sector of street vendors, informal market vendors and hawkers organised in 54 affiliated organisations in 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Eastern Europe, expresses its deep concern with the current situation in South Africa where street vendors and informal traders from other neighbour countries have fallen victims to the violence and looting and currently are experiencing a xenophobic attacks.

Streetnet International condemns the violence against immigrant traders and street vendors exercised in South Africa and calls for tolerance and peace, proper treatment and respect towards each human and worker despite the nationality and residential status.

StreetNet is committed to improving the lives of street vendors in all countries of the world, to oppose xenophobia and to discourage member organisations from adopting xenophobic policies or practices in relation to foreign nationals from other countries.

One of the StreetNet Resolutions, adopted during its first Congress in 2004 on “Foreign and migrant street vendors”, clearly addresses prevention of xenophobic attacks towards immigrant informal traders and, in its turn, “encourages informal market vendors, street vendors and hawkers in different countries to engage voluntarily in trade with each other, and to develop the suitable terms and conditions for such trade to their own advantage”.

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StreetNet position on the “Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work”

108th Session of the International Labour Conference:  Ending Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

Position Paper on the Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work

This document is based on the recommendations of the Parallel Commission on “Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work”, which convened during the 6th StreetNet International Congress on 11 April 2019 in Kyrgyzstan. 

Taking into account the reflection of the Parallel Commission on
“Elimination of Violence and Harassment in the World of Work”, it was noted that:

Informal economy consists of various sectors of workers who are outside the traditional definitions of a “worker”. So-called employer-employee relationships are not applicable to these sectors. Many are self-employed and also operate independent economic units. Identity and representation of this category of workers is complex in the value chain concept.

To read a full Position Paper document, please click here.

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6th StreetNet International Congress 2019! Unity is Our Strength!

The 6 Congress of StreetNet International (SNI) will take place on 09-12, April in Issyk-Kul, Kyrgyzstan.

To have balance among StreetNet regions, StreetNet rotates the congress venue each time. The Congress is the highest decision-making structure in the organization and meets every three years to discuss the challenges of the sector and consult on strategies in moving forward as a unified voice. This year, over 90 delegates from 49 affiliates in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe representing a membership of over 560000 street vendors, informal market vendors and hawkers, will be joined by allies in the movement of informal economy to share knowledge, affirm goals and priorities.
 

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African Trade Unions: Time for change!”

The ITUC-Africa New Year school (NYS) 2019 “African Trade Unions: Time for change!”, organized by the ITUC-Africa through its Research and Education Institute (ALREI) and funded by the ILO ACTRAV and FES, took place on 11-15 February in Lome city, Togo.

Around 100 participants attended the school primarily from the ITUC-Africa affiliates, comprising General Council members, ITUC-Africa Women Committee and Youth Committees; the sub-regional trade unions organizations, labour researchers and educators, Global union federations (GUFs); continental and international CSOs, academia and media amongst others as well as ILO representatives.

Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Organizer and Trainee-Coordinator represented StreetNet at the ITUC-African School.

The main purposes of the NYS were:

  • To reflect on the state of the African trade unions based on the main conclusions and recommendations of the study conducted by ITUC-Africa;
  • To agree on common trade union strategies to addresses the challenges identified;
  • To formulate a continental labour strategy to build strong and united trade union organisations that can assist in fostering economic and social transformation in Africa.
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SOLIDARITY STATEMENT ON ZIMBABWE

StreetNet International, representing 567 987 members in the sector of street vendors, informal market vendors and hawkers organised in 52 affiliated organisations in 48 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Eastern Europe, we write to express our deep concern with the current situation in Zimbabwe where street vendors are apparently currently experiencing an Operation Murambatsvina 2.

(In 2005 Operation Murambatsvina – “Clear the Filth” – perpetrated by the Zimbabwe government under former President Robert Mugabe against street vendors and informal traders, demolishing their homes and workplaces, shocked the world.) Continue reading “SOLIDARITY STATEMENT ON ZIMBABWE”

StreetNet achievements 2018 and strengthening affiliates

by Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator

During 2018 WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising) assisted StreetNet by raising core funding which will include the financial support needed for the Sixth International Congress, scheduled to be held from 9 – 12 April 2019 in Kyrgyzstan.

We have a well-coordinated team of young organisers who have been trained to run the operational activities of StreetNet going forward, one of whom has been trained to take over the Coordinator’s responsibilities after the Sixth International Congress, during the course of 2019.  We are focussing our attention on how to strengthen StreetNet affiliates’ representative capacity of all street vendors and informal traders in the countries where StreetNet has affiliates.  Continue reading “StreetNet achievements 2018 and strengthening affiliates”

Regional Workshop on direct negotiations of informal economy workers in Vietnam

by Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Organizer

On 28-29 November 2018 a Regional Workshop “Direct negotiations of informal economy workers on implementation of the ASEAN Framework and Action Plan on the Declaration to Strengthen Social Protection” took place in Hanoi city, Vietnam.

It was a follow-up event after the Exposure visit between organizers and leaders of ASEAN Trade unions and NGOs from Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos to SEWA Academy, India, which took place on 2-9 December 2017.

The workshop was held in the framework of StreetNet -OXFAM partnership project aiming to: get a feedback from ASEAN Delegation Members on the lessons learned and progress made towards practical steps forward regarding Organizational Action Plan on informal economy workers; identify current challenges/gaps in three ASEAN countries and develop a future Activities Plan for the next three years of the project to promote the participation of representatives of workers in the informal economy in direct negotiations. Continue reading “Regional Workshop on direct negotiations of informal economy workers in Vietnam”

StreetNet Activity with International Federation of Workers’ Education Association (IFWEA)

by Amar Kharate, StreetNet Trainee Organizer

StreetNet is affiliated to the IFWEA for quite a long time. In December 2015, Sibailly Douhouré – StreetNet Organizer and Educator – was elected as an IFWEA Executive Member. As a member of the Executive Committee, brother Sibailly attended a recent Annual Meeting that took place from 30th November to 3rd December 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.

12 Executive Committee Members attended the Annual Meeting which examined its agenda. One of the top discussions was devoted to the IFEWA education program for the future. Continue reading “StreetNet Activity with International Federation of Workers’ Education Association (IFWEA)”

Welcome FETTEI-CI!! A new organization of West Africa joined StreetNet family!

by Sibailly Douhoure, StreetNet Organizer

 23 August 2018, will remain a historic or memorable date for the Informal Economy Workers Federation of Côte d’Ivoire, FETTEI-CI (Fédération des Travailleuses et Travailleurs de l’Economie Informelle de Cote d’Ivoire).

Indeed, on that particular day the Executive Committee of StreetNet examined and accepted the application for affiliation of FETTEI-CI which is the first organization of Côte d’Ivoire that has joined the large family of StreetNet. Continue reading “Welcome FETTEI-CI!! A new organization of West Africa joined StreetNet family!”

BUILDING WORKERS’ POWER – CHANGE THE RULES!

By Lorraine Sibanda, StreetNet International President

The 4th ITUC (International Trade Union Confederation) World Congress took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 2-7 December 2018, the main theme of which sounded: BUILDING WORKES’ POWER –CHANGE THE RULES!!

More than 1,200 participants took part in five days of debate to shape the policies and priorities for the international trade union movement for the next four years.

Sharan Burrow has been re-elected as General Secretary of the ITUC. The ITUC General Council elected Ayuba Wabba, President of the Nigerian Labour Congress, as ITUC President. Continue reading “BUILDING WORKERS’ POWER – CHANGE THE RULES!”