South Korean Street Vendors demand for the District Office of Seoul to stop crackdown and violence towards traders
StreetNet International represents more than 550 000 street/market vendors and hawkers from 52 affiliated organisations from 48 countries throughout the world. StreetNet is deeply concerned with the current situation in Seoul (South Korea), which occurred, in the past few days on the streets of Seoul.
Korea Democratic Street Vendors Confederation (KDSVC) is one of the national trade union centers of street vendors in South Korea, and is also an ally of the Korean Street Vendors Confederation (KOSC) - an affiliated member organisation of StreetNet International.
Street Vendors deplores Continuous Harassment by Municipal Bodies and Police Authorities at CANDLELIGHT VIGIL
NASVI Celebrated International Street Vendors Day and 12th Anniversary of StreetNet organising a gathering in New Delhi.
The international solidarity action held on Friday also marked the twelfth anniversary of the inception of StreetNet, a global collective of street vendors` organisations working in Latin America, Africa and Asia. NASVI is the Asia focal point of StreetNet.
Celebrating International Street Vendors Day 2014
On 14 November 2012, StreetNet International adopted a resolution to recognise International Street Vendors Day, to acknowedge street and market vendorīs contribution to societies around the world. During this year, affiliates received support to print t-shirts in commemoration of this day, and many of them celebrated with marches, wearing these t-shirts. StreetNet also celebrated its tenth anniversary during 2012. Fast forwarding to 2014, we have another opportunity to celebrate this important day.
StreetNet host workshops with Informal Workers in Eastern Cape, South Africa
StreetNet had visited their affiliate, The Eastern Cape Street Vendors Alliance (ECSVA) on the 27-30 October 2014. They facilitated workshops in Mthatha, Dutywa and Port St Johns where they had a chance to meet ECSVA members and listen to the challenges they were facing. StreetNet also provided communications training and organisational support for the traders.
In Mthatha, the traders spoke about their frustration with the Ndyebo Municipality. Fundile Jalile, Chairman of ECSVA has been part of the ongoing negotiations saying that the Directorate of the Local Economic Development, Mr Mnqokoyi will not give them a breakdown of the budget they have for the informal traders and how they plan to use it to help them. “After constant meetings, they had declared in a meeting that they had a R1.3 billion budget for Mthatha, with a percentage that is set aside for the informal trade. Many people are unemployed and women especially are breadwinners, who contribute to the economy. We need services, such as proper shelters, toilets. There should also be training workshops. The municipality failed to give us a breakdown of the budget. What are they doing with the money? Nothing is being done here for their people,” said Jalile.
The traders in Dutywa from the Dutywa Workers Association had similar complaints. They said since 1994, there has been no delivery and the Mbhashe municipality never consults us. In 2011, they were invited to a meeting where they were told there was a budget of R2.4 million to help informal workers. The municipality also refuses to give them a breakdown of the budget. “The government talks about liberation, but they are not liberating us. They continue to sideline us and don’t treat us as humans. When ever we ask for meeting, they always postpone the important questions and never give us answers or help us,” they said