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Johannesburg informal traders await Constitutional Court ruling

Hawker associations march to the mayor`s office in October, demanding the immediate return of inner-city informal traders to their trading spaces in Braamfontein, Johannesburg. Picture: PUXLEY MAKGATHOJohannesburg’s lawful informal traders will know by today afternoon whether they will be entitled to go back to their stalls on the streets of the inner city and continue trading, after a morning of argument in the Constitutional Court.

Members of the South African Informal Traders Forum and South African National Traders Retail Association, some of whom have lawfully traded on Johannesburg’s streets for more than 20 years, had been removed as part of the city’s "Operation Clean Sweep" - an initiative to rid the city of illegal hawkers.

After they were turned away by the high court, which struck their case off the roll saying it was not urgent, they went urgently to the Constitutional Court.

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The articulation process of the street vendors of Brazil

Over the past two years with a lot of investment and dedication, the World Class Cities for All Brazil campaign has presented a lot of progress towards strengthening the street vendors from the FIFA World Cup Brazilian host cities.

Since 2011, representatives from eight cities which will host the World Cup matches have been meeting and discussing the need of articulation, struggle for rights, recognition of the category and unity. Earlier this year, as a result of the work of political organisation, representatives from various associations and unions of street vendors met in Sao Paulo and decided to create a national organisation. Since then two other regional meetings were held and several virtual meetings gave segment to the discussions, which bore fruit to the so called the National Commission for Street Vendors.

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Market vendors unite to protect their rights to work

Market traders/ Entrepreneurs protest for their right to work and free tradeA primary trade union organisation of the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU) has been recently established in the city of Shostka, Sumy region (Ukraine). People united in the Free Trade Union to defend their right to decent work.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union in Shostka city, as in many other Ukrainian cities, the enterprises began to close, including those that served the defense industry. Only small and medium businesses helped the city to survive after such an economic hit. Then, around four thousand entrepreneurs are the main sources for the formation of the budget of Shostka city. And now the traders of the wholesale - retail market were in need of help due to the municipality evicting them from the territory where they used to sell.

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Moldova-Business-Sind conducts “Together we promote gender equality in the world of work” workshop

Pictured in the middle is Natalia Suboci, the Chairwoman of the Trade Union Federation interacting with the participants during the workshopMoldova-Business-Sind, an affiliate organisation of StreetNet International, conducted the workshop “Together we promote gender equality in the world of work”, which was implemented in the frameworks of the FLOW Project (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women). This was held during the last week of October 2013 in Chisinau, Moldova.

Representatives of Trade Union "SindLUCAS” have been also invited to this workshop in the capacity of partners. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of union members, members of Women Councils, union activists working in informal economy sector on such topics as: organizing around work, advocacy, bargaining/negotiating, organisational development and gender equality.

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INDIA. DP is irreparable, scrap it, say activists. Times of India (10 April 2015).

TANZANIA. College plans to identify trade opportunities for hawkers. Daily News (10 April 2015)  by Ludovick Kazoka.

INDIA. No street vendors, cycle rickshaws in Lajpat Nagar market: NGT. Zee News (8 April 2015) by PTI. New Delhi:

BOTSWANA. EDD is the way to go. Mmegi Online (8 April 2015).

USA. Five Courses: Hawkers' street food flair & more. Creative Loafing Tampa Bay (8 April 2015) by Meaghan Habuda.

INDIA. Hawkers may be allowed near Rishi Kapoor, Anil Ambani's Pali Hill residences. DNA India (8 April 2015) by Amrita Nayak Dutta.

ABU-DHABI. Abu Dhabi Municipality raid scares away street hawkers. Gulf News (7 April 2015).

SINGAPORE. Hawker centres to be spruced up with murals and art installations. Channel News Asia (5 April 2015) by Vimita Mohandas.

MALAYSIA. 'Development will be inclusive'. The Star Online (3 April 2015).

INDIA. 'Street vendors denied right to livelihood'. The Hindu (1 April 2015) by K.N. Umesh.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members, are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote the exchange of information and ideas on critical issues facing street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors) and on practical organizing and advocacy strategies