The Quetzaltenango Workers` Union, (UTQ), Manifests To National And International Public Opinion
The Quetzaltenango Workers` Union, (UTQ), situated in the City of Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. UTQ is a NON-PROFIT institution founded with the objective and purpose of supporting all honest workers, independent of the sector to which they belong, whether they are individuals, unionised, organised, confederated or popular organisations.
The purpose and objective of the UTQ is to defend the Constitutional Rights and protection of other laws, of any worker or organised sector. It is not authorised to grant positions in markets, which has been indicated in recent months, as everything was under control, but that from more or less four years ago the Municipal Authorities lost interest and control resulting in anarchy.
South Africa celebrates National Women`s Day
This day commemorates the national march by women on 9th of August 1956 to protest against the legislation requiring non-whites to carry a document proving they had permission to be in a white area. Celebrations on this day highlight the role of women in society and opportunities available for future generations to contribute meaningfully to South African society.
On 9 August 1956, the Federation of South African Women organised a mass demonstration against the imposition of pass laws on women in South Africa. More than 20,000 women, led by Lilian Ngoyi (a trade unionist and political activist), Helen Joseph, Albertina Sisulu, and Sophia Williams-De Bruyn, took part in the multi-racial march to the Union Buildings in Pretoria, to deliver a petition to the Prime Minister JG Strijdom.
On the way to the Union Buildings the women sang a freedom song: "Wathint` abafazi, Strijdom!" "wathint` abafazi, wathint` imbokodo, uza kufa!" This translates as "When you strike the women,you strike a rock, you will be crushed you will die!" The phrase "wathint` abafazi, wathint` imbokodo" has come to represent women`s courage and strength in South Africa.
StreetNet Eastern European holds a Regional Workshop for its Affiliates
On 22 July 2013, StreetNet conducted its Eastern European Workshop for its Affiliates from Eastern Europe and Central Asia in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan). The main objective of this workshop was to bring awareness to StreetNet Affiliates on issues such as Social Protection Floors, Negotiations Forum for street vendors and Social Solidarity Economy.
However, since the 4th International Congress adopted the Resolution on the fifth Regional Focal Point for Europe and Central Asia, the participants of this workshop had to start discussion on the issue of focal point organisation in their region.
Pat Horn, StreetNet’s International Coordinator, opened the workshop and introduced the agenda, its aim and the expectations from the participants. Mubara Niyazova, Deputy Chairperson of the Trade union of Commerce who replaced Damira Dolotalieva, also welcomed the participants.
StreetNet meets with the Madrid City Council
On Friday August 2, the International Secretary of StreetNet, César García, and the Director General of Madrid Emprende, Iñaki Ortega, held a meeting in which StreetNet was introduced to the head of the City Council as an organisation with a global presence.
The Madrid City Council, through its Madrid Emprende organisation, is very conscious of self-employed workers, especially those who are starting their businesses, and places technical and human resources at their disposal to enable them to start their economic activities.
Furthermore, Madrid Emprende has an international laboratory dedicated to support those entrepreneurial and innovative activities led by foreigners whether they live in Spain or live in other countries and who wish to start business in Spain.