FAINATRASIT holds its Ordinary Congress

by Sibailly Douhouré, StreetNet Organizer

The General Assembly of FAINATRASIT (StreetNet affiliate from Togo) took place on August 27th, 2018 in Lomé city  under the following theme: The Informal Economy and the Transition towards the Formality: the Role of FAINATRASIT.

61 Delegates, 44 of whom – women from 19 Organisations affiliated to FAINATRASIT (out of 23 participated in the General Assembly of FAINATRASIT which activities were carried out in the CSTT (Togo workers Confederation union) Conference Hall.

The delegates decided to set up a commission to amend the Constitution of the organization.

The delegates elected the members of the National Executive Board of 9 people, among them 4 women. Continue reading “FAINATRASIT holds its Ordinary Congress”

A Journey Towards Empowering Women Street Vendors

by Amar Kharate, StreetNet Organiser

According to ILO (2012), an estimated 83 per cent of Cambodian workers worked in the informal sector in 2008. As in many other countries, data on informal workers in Cambodia is not up-to-date, though it is clear the street vendor sector is increasing daily.
StreetNet, in collaboration with the Solidarity Center, Cambodia, strives to create change with street vendors  through technical support. For example, in July 2018, StreetNet and Solidarity Center came together to host a women street vendor leadership workshop for StreetNet affiliate IDEA members. IDEA has become the main organisation in Cambodia working for betterment of street vendors and other informal economy workers.
These three stories will shed light on how IDEA has helped empower women members and offer different strategies organizations can use to do the same. Continue reading “A Journey Towards Empowering Women Street Vendors”

Informal economy in Mozambique as a determining part of the country’s development

by Maira Vannuchi, StreetNet Organizer

On July 27 and 28, the StreetNet International organizer for the Americas and the Portuguese-speaking African countries, Maíra Vannuchi, made a field visit to the StreetNet affiliate organization in Mozambique, the Informal Economy Association of Mozambique – Aeimo.

Vice-President Albertina Simango and the National Executive Secretary Armindo Chembane received the organizer at its headquarters in the building of the Mozambican Workers’ Organization (OTM) and told of the organization’s history, the advances and challenges faced by the sector in the country.

Aiemo, former Assotsi, present in all 10 provinces of the country was founded in 1999 in a period of Mozambican history in which government enterprises, nationalized since independence (1975), began to be privatized and a process of requalification of the hand of unemployed workforce a large portion of the population that was replaced by younger workers. Continue reading “Informal economy in Mozambique as a determining part of the country’s development”

We say goodbye to comrade Eugenio Rodriguez of Honduras

With great sadness, StreetNet International informs its members about the death of comrade Eugenio Rodriguez, leader of the Honduran organization FOTSSIEH and coordinator of the focal point of the Americas region.

On our part, we wish our deepest condolences to the FOTSSIEH, to his struggle partners and to Eugenio’s family.
Eugenio dedicated himself to SNI’s organization in Central America supporting the work of building the articulations and since 2015 being responsible, alongside Vilma Arevalo, for the focal point of the Americas, a key role for the SNI in the region.

We know that FOTSSIEH will continue the work begun by his colleague Eugenio years ago, making sure his legacy will be carried forward. SNI thanks the great contribution of Eugenio to our organization certain that his work remains alive in our construction.

 

Strategic Planning and Moving Further

by Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator

After the Fifth StreetNet International Congress in India in 2016, the newly-elected members of the StreetNet international Council underwent leadership training in January 2017, followed by the first meeting of the International Council. The Council started work on a new strategic plan for StreetNet based on the following four strategic focus areas:

  1. Using collective negotiations and other related strategies of mobilisation and pressure to influence laws and urban policies in favour of street vendors and other informal workers. The New Urban Agenda is to be used as a tool in this process.
  2. Implementing R204 at country level including gaining access to tripartite forums, extension of social protection, and advancing social solidarity economy structures.
  3. Building regional solidarity between StreetNet affiliates across borders, and building regional alliances in order to advance the interests of cross-border informal traders (amongst other objectives).
  4. Continue growing and developing StreetNet International.

A strategic plan for 2020–2024 based on the following strategic focus areas will be developed with the participation of StreetNet’s elected leadership. Regional Focal Points will coordinate the regional level. Continue reading “Strategic Planning and Moving Further”

Newly approved StreetNet Regional Focal Points for Asia and Europe

StreetNet welcomes the Nepal Union of Street Traders (NEST-Nepal) and Moldova-Business-Sind (Moldova) as newly established StreetNet Regional Focal Points (RFP) for Asia and Europe respectively.

Recently, at the 2018 International Council meeting, StreetNet leadership approved the recommendation of its affiliates from Asia and Eastern Europe to move the StreetNet RFPs for Asia to Nepal and the RFP for Europe to Moldova.
NEST appointed Brother Narayan Neupane, who has served as a member of StreetNet International Council (2013-2016) as the RFP Contact Person. He will run the RFP work from NEST with technical support from the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), with which NEST is affiliated. Continue reading “Newly approved StreetNet Regional Focal Points for Asia and Europe”

Implementation of ILO Recommendation 204 in South Africa

by Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator

Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator shares the progress made towards implementation of the ILO Recommendation 204: (Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy) in South Africa.

Soon after the adoption of ILO Recommendation 204 (R204) at the International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 2015, the Department of Labour of the Government of South Africa convened a meeting of government (including the Department of Labour (DoL), the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government) with organised labour and organised business. But they forgot to involve any representatives of workers and economic units in the informal economy!

Meeting attendees established a Task Team – but by 2017 the Task Team had still not done any work. In the meantime, the Community Constituency of the National Economic, Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) was putting a pressure on the Pretoria office of the ILO and in the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) Steering Committee to initiate work on implementation of R204. Continue reading “Implementation of ILO Recommendation 204 in South Africa”

StreetNet Participation in the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference

StreetNet delegates at the 107th Session of the ILC

by Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Organiser

In June 2018, a StreetNet International delegation led by the StreetNet President Lorraine Sibanda attended the International Labour Conference (ILC) 2018.

The StreetNet delegation included Lorraine Sibanda, StreetNet President; Oksana Abboud, Trainee Coordinator; Wisborn Malaya, ZCIEA Secretary General; Maria Emilia Vargas Luzon, FUTTEINCO Member; Sarah Joanny Lora Abad de Valdez, FUTTEINCO Member; and Miriam Altagracia Ferreras de Rivas, FUTTEINCO Member.

It was a first time for most of the StreetNet delegates to attend the ILC, so it was valuable to get an in-depth understanding of the Conference. The StreetNet delegation mainly focussed its presence and attention on the work of the Tripartite Committee on Ending Violence and Harassment, which has been developing a new international standard-setting instrument on preventing violence and harassment in the world of work.

StreetNet delegates attending the 107th Session of the ILC 2018

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Training Workshop on Negotiations Skills and Strategy Course for Members of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU)

By Sibailly Douhoure, StreetNet Organizer

30 participants of whom 60% were women attended a 5-day training workshop on negotiations and strategy course for organisers and leaders of workers in street vending and informal market vending sectors, who represented 5 regions of Sierra Leone.

The workshop was held at the Sierra Leone labour congress conference hall in Freetown from the 28th May to 1st June 2018.

The official opening ceremony of the workshop was inaugurated on the 28th of May  by Jennings A. A. Wright the president of Sierra Leone Labour Congress in the presence of Chiblee F. Kamara, the representative of the Ministry of Labour, Isata Bangura, the representative of UNDP, the representative of the Mayor of Freetown, James Samba. The presence of StreetNet International Coordinator, Pat Horn, also graced the occasion. Continue reading “Training Workshop on Negotiations Skills and Strategy Course for Members of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU)”