Disappointing setback for marginalised workers in informal economy
In all consultations with workers in the informal economy across different continents about the upcoming ILO Recommendation on transitions from the informal to the formal economy, there was complete consensus on one issue - formalisation MUST involve the right to direct participation in collective negotiations (including tripartite negotiations) by ALL workers, including those in the informal economy. This necessarily involves changing prevailing national practice in the majority of countries, where workers in the informal economy do not enjoy this right.
International Labour Organisation to address the future of the Informal Economy
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) will hold its annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva from 1 to 13 June, 2015. The ILC event will be expected to include the participation of an estimated 3000 delegates from 185 member countries. Worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO`s 185 member States will tackle a wide range of issues, including the transitioning from the informal to the formal economy.
In 2004 StreetNet International was first accredited by the ILO (International Labour Organisation) to participate in the 92nd session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) as the international representative organisation of workers in the street vendors` sector of the informal economy.
STREETNET/SATUCC inputs into the proposed ILO recommendation on “Transitions from Informal to Formal Economy”
A joint meeting of representatives from Southern Africa Trade Union Coordinating Council (SATUCC) and StreetNet International was held on the 20th – 21st May 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana, on the identification of gaps in the text of a proposed ILO Recommendation on “Transitions from Informal to Formal Economy”