Informal economy in Georgia: challenges and opportunities
Today we are going to discover another region of StreetNet family – Caucasus and talk about informal economy in Georgia.
Due to high level of unemployment in Georgia, the majority of the population is engaged in the informal economy sector. Unemployment in Georgia for many years was one of the most urgent problems. Furthermore, it had worse indicators in the whole region.
Informal employment is observed not only in agriculture but also in other fields of activity, such as: home-based workers, street vendors, domestic workers, private tutors and nurses, workers in family businesses, small producers, taxi drivers, construction workers and others.
“Cruel Treatment Of Street Vendors” In Colombia
Pedro Luis Ramirez B. is a member of StreetNet International`s (SI) Audit Team which forms part of StreetNet`s Executive Committee. He is also National President of the Unión General de Trabajadores en la Economía Informal UGTI-CUT (Colombia). Below he talks about the situation of street vendors in his country.
The world watches with complacency as the Colombian government prepares to sign a peace agreement between itself and the guerrillas of FARC. It is hoped this will end the political violence that has characterised the history of our country over the last 60 years. Most Colombians would want to express their support for this event.
Aaron A Boima, National Secretary-General of SLeTU, shares some history and thoughts on ILO Recommendation 204
Aaron A Boima used to work as an informal trader. He became a trade unionist more than 14 years ago. Currently he serves as the National Secretary-General of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU), a StreetNet affiliate. In an interview with StreetNet International, Comrade Boima shared his rich history of organising within the informal economy.
He also gave his views on ILO Recommendation 204 for the transition of the informal economy to the formal economy, and what it really means for the informal traders in his country.
In 2006, Comrade Boima and his colleagues started organising informal economy workers into trade unions. Today, these unions are able to negotiate with government at local and national levels. A major success is a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with local government. Comrade Boima is also a member of a National Tripartite Body called the Joint National Negotiating Body (JNNB).
Statement: SAITA to host a National Day of Action march!
The South African Informal Traders Alliance (SAITA) will be hosting a National Day of Action march on Wednesday, 13th July 2016. The action is to dispel the ill-held myth that informal hawkers are but of nuisance value, a perception created as a result of unjust socio-economic profiling.