Informal workers demand recognition
THE Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (Mufis) has said informal workers are not recognised despite being the source of livelihood of close to a third of the country.
Mufis General Secretary Mwanda Chiwambala said the Employment Act also needs to reflect the professional interests of the informal sector workers. He said the informal sector is wrongly perceived as a threat to security and the general good of the country despite offering a base of livelihood for a lot of Malawians who cannot be absorbed into the formal employment sector.
Own-Account workers in Nicaragua are grateful for the recognition of their rights
The Confederation of Own-Account Workers at a press conference thanked Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo for their statement that no own-account worker can be evicted from their job.
These statements were provided by the comrade Rosario Murillo, on 15th September in a special notification, where once again the Nicaraguan Government recognizes the self-employed sector as a movement that deserves respect for their work.
This is not the first time that this government makes such a statement, since in 2009 the government has said that evictions of workers was prohibited since it was considered their right to earn a honest living.
The own-account workers contribute 44.4% to the GDP, according to the IDB, giving greater stability to the country; and they are generators of wealth and national stability.
World Day for Decent Work: Message from President of Streetnet International - Mr Oscar Silva
In 2008, the International Trade Union Confederation established October 7th as the day to celebrate the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW). On this day we call on all workers to hold activities and events that make visible the labour demands worldwide. Also StreetNet International with all its affiliates in the world supports these claims.
Today we are celebrating once again the Decent Work Day and on this day we should all raise our voices as workers in the informal economy, asserting our rights as workers and as worthy citizens, honest and dynamic contributors to the economies of our countries on a daily basis. No one has given us any gift, all we have achieved is with hard work and we are united worldwide, the voices of all are one through the bonds of solidarity and mutual experiences that get us together.
Decent Work in the Informal Economy - 7th October
The concept of decent work is an attempt to capture in everyday language, the integration of social and economic objectives for all. Decent work includes employment, labour rights, security and social protection, representation with consistent internal unity and making sense when considered in its totality.
Therefore, the primary objective in this campaign is to promote the expansion of decent work to own account workers in the informal economy of Peru and the world, creating opportunities for men and women, that governments recognise work quality and decent work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Because decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives, aspirations for opportunity and income, labour rights, family stability and gender equality.