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!”

Social Protection for Informal Economy Workers in Zambia: Where We Are?

by Lameck Kashiwa, AZIEA General Secretary

Zambia’s Social Protection like many countries has been biased towards formal workers while informal workers relied on their own indigenous informal schemes in the markets, Bus stations and neighborhood.

The said informal schemes helped and continue to help the informal workers during funerals, bankruptcy, loss of job etc.

Each time a demand to extend social protection to the informal economy workers is made, Government found it impossible to do so because according to them, the informal economy was very difficult to capture.

In 2012, His excellency the late president Michael Chilufya, who had a pro poor agenda, bought our agenda and called for the reformation of the Social protection system in the country with a directive of extension of social protection to the informal economy. Continue reading “Social Protection for Informal Economy Workers in Zambia: Where We Are?”

Field Trip to Central America to reaffirm solidarity

by Maira Vannuchi, StreetNet Organizer

In the second half of September 2018, StreetNet Organizers Maira Vannuchi and Oksana Abboud went visiting three countries of Central America to meet StreetNet affiliates in Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Starting in Honduras, two organizers met the international coordinator Pat Horn in San Pedro Sula to carry out a 5 days’ workshop on collective bargaining with FOTSSIEH – StreetNet affiliate and a Regional Focal Point of the Americas. Continue reading “Field Trip to Central America to reaffirm solidarity”

Negotiations Skills training follow up workshop for SLeTU from Sierra Leone

by Jane Masta, StreetNet Organizer

The follow up workshop on Negotiations Skills Training was organized in collaboration with the Solidarity Centre AFL-CIO and StreetNet International.

The training was held in Kenema City from 23rd to 24th October 2018. This was a follow up workshop from the initial training that was held in May 2018 where participants were given four months to implement the workplans that they had prepared for re-establishment of Municipal Trade Committees. Continue reading “Negotiations Skills training follow up workshop for SLeTU from Sierra Leone”

Breaking New Ground in Liberia

by Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator

In May 2018 a Strategising Meeting was held with 30 leaders of StreetNet’s Affiliate FEPTIWUL (Federation of Petty Traders & Informal Workers’ Unions of Liberia) in Monrovia and Paynesville with the objective of analysing the effectiveness of a previous MoU signed between NAPETUL (as FEPTIWUL was known in 2014) & MCC (Monrovia Municipal Corporation) between 2014 and 2016, and to take forward the process for entering into new MoUs with MCC and PCC (Paynesville City Corporation). 

One of the problems identified was capacity shortages on the part of government officials which make implementation difficult.  The Strategising Meeting therefore decided to organize joint training for FEPTIWUL leaders as well as the officials from the MCC, PCC and the other identified partners, in order to tackle this issue. Continue reading “Breaking New Ground in Liberia”