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”

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 WORKES’ 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 WORKES’ 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”

Presidential Jobs Summit – from the perspective of workers in the informal economy

By Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator

Lead-up to Jobs Summit

In his State of the Nation address in February 2018, the new President of South Africa, Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa, announced that a Jobs Summit would be convened as soon as possible to address the problems of joblessness and unemployment in South Africa.

With regard to workers in the informal economy, there was already a process under way on the transitions from the informal to the formal economy after the adoption of ILO Recommendation 204 (R204) in June 2015, under the auspices of the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) in South Africa.  This process re-started with the active involvement of the Community Constituency (CC) of NEDLAC (National Economic, Development & Labour Council) with the revival of a R204 National Task Team and addition of representatives from the CC in July 2017.  I have been representing the CC delegation in these processes via the FSCC (Financial Sector Campaign Coalition). Continue reading “Presidential Jobs Summit – from the perspective of workers in the informal economy”

Negotiations Skills Course for workers of informal economy in Honduras

By Maira Vannuchi and Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Organizers

On 17- 21 September a five-day Negotiations skills training course took place in San Pedro Sula city (Honduras) for the StreetNet Affiliate FOTSSIEH (Federación de Organizacionesdel Sector Social y Informal de la Economia de Honduras).

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The Training was organized in partnership with the Solidarity Centre AFL-CIO in the framework of StreetNet -Solidarity Center Partnership Project.

30 FOTSSIEH local leaders and activists attended the training which aimed to strengthen the negotiating capacity of workers in the informal economy with the authorities; act to ensure effective institutional mechanisms and represent interests and defend projects and rights. Continue reading “Negotiations Skills Course for workers of informal economy in Honduras”