May 1st is also a Day for the Self-employed Workers
Millions of independent workers around the world are far from reaching the levels of social protection achieved by the working class internationally.
For the Union of Professionals and Self-Employed workers (UPTA), 1st May celebrates the commemoration of all the models and systems of work, including the work for own-account or self-employed, done by hundreds of millions of workers ar ound the world.
Tribute to Justice JS Verma
Former Chief Justice of India J S Verma, who headed the government-appointed committee to frame a tough law to tackle crime against women in the wake of the December Delhi gang rape incident, passed away on 22 April 2013. He was eighty years old.
He had set several new benchmarks for judicial activism and accountability, and shook the conscience of the nation towards protecting and preserving dignity and rights of the working poor, women and other vulnerable social groups.
Press Conference held to discuss the Licensing Bill
The South African Traders Alliance and StreetNet International held a press conference regarding the controversial licensing bill. This was held on the 18 April 2013, at the COSATU house in Johannesburg.
The Bill is being opposed due to the following reasons:
StreetNet holds successful 4th International Congress in Chile
StreetNet recently held their 4th triennial International Congress in Santiago, Chile, hosted by StreetNet`s national affiliate SINTRALOC, supported by the Central Workers Union (CUT) to which SINTRALOC is affiliated in Chile.
The Congress was attended by 93 delegates from forty countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe, representing a paid up membership of 567 106 members who assembled during 25 - 27 March 2013.