Streetnet International President`s Message on International Vendors Day (14 November 2016)
Comradely Greetings to you all Informal Economy Workers in the entire world.
Today marks the 5th commemoration of the International Vendors Day. This is a special DAY for all informal economy workers who have become the bulk and majority of the working population across the whole world, of which the majority are women.
"Sustaining current struggles to end destruction of informal homes and livelihoods and establish a credible vendors/government negotiation structure in Lagos, Nigeria"
The ban of street trading in Lagos will take away the means of livelihood from street vendors in the midst of economic hardship in Nigeria.
Taking into account a high unemployment rate in the country, Lagosians feel the governor should have looked for a way of regulating the activities of the vendors and hawkers, instead of an outright ban.
Comrade Gbenga Komolafe, a General Secretary of Federation of Informal Workers’ Organizations of Nigeria (FIWON), new StreetNet affiliate from Nigeria, highlights the challenges for the informal vendors in Nigeria to force the authority to negotiate with street vendors.
5th StreetNet International Congress in the eyes of Admin team "A remarkable moment for StreetNet International"
Ruby Essack, Congress Administrator
My impressions are that the Congress focus was predominantly about voting in the new leadership instead of being focused and used as an opportunity to discuss various strategic issues and strategies for the organization and its future.
I think that it is great that for the 1st time in history StreetNet has a woman president and who is also from Africa. She sounds very competent and I`m sure she will do StreetNet proud.
El Salvador - Through dialog and negotiation, we all win!
In El Salvador we initiated a tripartite dialog process at the beginning of August 2015 between local government, central government via the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare, private enterprise (representative of the ANEP) and various organisations brought together in the NATIONAL VENDORS ENTITY formed by the FEDERATION OF UNIONS OF INDEPENDENT VENDORS OF EL SALVADOR, FESTIVES, NATIONAL VENDORS COORDINATOR (CNV) AND VARIOUS INDEPENDENT ORGANISATIONS, we formed the TRIPARTITE MUNICIPAL DIALOG ROUND TABLE (MMDT) with the support of the ILO.