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.”
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.