COSATU, SAMWU and African Diaspora Forum lead coalition of street trade organisations to discuss “ Operation Clean Sweep” with Joburg Metro
The City of Johannesburg continues to deny more than 6000 hawkers the right to make a living in Johannesburg CBD.
COSATU, SAMWU and African Diaspora Forum(ADF) together with street trade organisations which consisted of GIDA, JOWEDET, SANTRA, NIGERIAN TRADERS UNION, ETHOPIAN TRADERS UNION, BLOCK LEADERS and ESSET met on 28 October 2013 with the Joburg Metro. Roselyn Greeff (MMC Development Planning), Anthony Selepe (Chief of staff Mayor’s office) and Ruby Matang (MMC: Economic Development) formed part of the mayoral committee to discuss hawker’s demands to return to work. This was the first time that politicians accepted to meet with street traders since the beginning of the ‘clean sweep’ operation.
Sustaining food security from the streets
Mass training of street food vendors on food safety and hygiene
New Delhi - More than 500 street food vendors on Monday joined the consultation and mass training program on food safety and hygiene and vowed to build their capacities towards ensuring sustainability of food security, health and nutrition. A large number of livelihood, health, nutrition and development experts including the representatives of World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Delhi Food Safety Department and the municipal executives and health officers of Delhi government also participated in the consultation to emphasize on the critical significance of sustaining food security from streets in a systematic and professionalised way.
NSSF invites informal sector workers to participate in the National Security Fund in Tanzania
The NSSF Informal Sector Operation Officer, Mr Salim Kimaro, extended these commendations in Dar es Salaam during a seminar with entrepreneurs to shed light on the benefits of joining the fund.
The seminar, which was graced by the ISWU Guardian, Mr Ramadhani Madabida, also witnessed the launch of Community Cooperative Micro Insurance (CCMI) whose members will be able to benefit from NSSF products.
“Efforts made to establish this umbrella are crucial due to the fact that people working in the informal sector will be able to join our fund through this umbrella and will benefit from various covers including health and soft loans,” he said.
International Day For Decent Work
On October 7th, workers around the world and their unions commemorate the Day of Decent Work. In Venezuela we are protesting outside the Public Affairs Ministry to deliver a document to the Attorney General of the Republic, Mrs. LUISA ORGTEGA DIAZ, containing complaints and demands from workers dissenting against the growth of unemployment, and asking for social inclusion, equality of opportunity and treatment on the social security systems available to the poor, with adequate access to health and sufficient retirement funds, for the full enjoyment of basic labor rights, freedom of association, right to collective bargaining and to strike and use democratic dialogue as an instrument of peace and progress. We call for our rights of inclusion and recognition for independent workers in the informal economy, considering it is the day to hold governments firmly to account and demand that they meet the Decent Work Agenda of the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted in 1998 and ratified by the Employment Pact, approved unanimously by the International Labour Conference on June 19, 2009.