FTUEU holds protest action in Kyiv to oppose imposing of cash register machines
In Ukraine, there have been protests of workers of small and medium businesses to oppose a so called “tax reform”. Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU), StreetNet Affiliate, also actively participated in the protest actions.
A main idea is that it’s not the first time in the history of Ukraine`s independence, when the government is trying to introduce mandatory fiscal cash register machines for entrepreneurs working on a simplified system of taxation. It means that for those whom the law does not oblige to keep records and sets the amount of taxes regardless of the difference between revenues and expenditures. Thus simplified tax system, in fact, would become not available for most entrepreneurs who use it nowadays. They would have to spend a lot of money and their time on solving issues related to the tax system and cash register machines; they could be permanently under threat of heavy fines for minor mistakes, extortion by corrupt tax collectors and just unable to work due to technical problems with the cash register machines.
SYTRIECI, a new African Organisation, accepted as part of the StreetNet International Family
SYTRIECI has a vision to protect and promote the rights of workers in the informal economy with the view of improving their living and working conditions.
The main focus is marginalised poor women without the means to organise themselves in cooperatives and also male traders who are interested to become members of cooperatives.
SYTRIECI engaged in many activities such as creating the mini-local market and street venders; creating vocational activities ie generating incomes like tailoring; workshops in finance, entrepreneurship, and human rights; elaborating and managing small projects, guidance and counseling for the several vulnerable categories and advocacy at several levels.
International Labour Organization adopts historical labour standard to tackle the Informal Economy
The International Labour Organization (ILO) held its annual 104th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva from 1 to 13 June, 2015. The ILC event included the participation of an estimated 3000 delegates from 185 member countries. Worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO's 185 member States tackled a wide range of issues, including the transitioning from the informal to the formal economy.
StreetNet Presentation to Plenary
Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator commented that despite the disappointing failure to get a clear recognition of the right of informal workers to participate in collective negotiations, not limited by bad national practices, they did manage to win some other new points which have not been in ILO instruments so far. “ For example ‘integrated policy framework should address the promotion of local development strategies, both rural and urban, including regulated access for the use of public spaces and access to public natural resources for subsistence livelihoods’ – and then after a lot of fighting, and losing the issue in other parts of the text, we finally got a Clause in the Preamble saying that existing livelihoods of workers in the informal economy should be preserved during the process of the transition to formalisation. By the end of the week there should be the latest version of what has been agreed for presentation to the plenary on Friday, where the Conference will vote on the adoption of the Recommendation.”