South Africa - Cape Town zoning schemes and By-laws challenged in the Informal Sector
A Coalition of organisations has been formed to challenge the City of Cape Town, on its recently promulgated By-Laws that seeks to unify the fragmented multiple zoning schemes under one single zoning scheme. The coalition consists of the following organisations: Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition, the Somali Association of South Africa, COSATU Western Cape, PASSOP, the National Consumer Forum, the South African Council of Churches, the Scalibrini Foundation and the Legal Resources Centre.
Labour at Informal Work Economy (LIE) Celebrates International Women’s Day
Around one hundred female members from different affiliated organisations of the Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) joined to form a human chain at the front of Dhaka Press Club, Dhaka to celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8 March. It coincided with the campaign theme “Eliminate Violence Against Working Women”
The significance of International Women`s Day
"International Women`s day" is celebrated on 8 March, and is a day of recognition of women as makers and their struggle for liberation and equality. During this day, we also re-affirm our commitment to self-employed workers to implement policies that are equal between women and men. FEDEVAL would like to strengthen the development of a social model that is more just and equal in rights, in employment and self-employment, in economic involvement and in society.
Street Vendors Win!!!!
City Council Decreases Fines for Street Vendors
VAMOS Unidos and SVP members celebrate after passing of Intro. 434
After a coordinated effort between street vendor organisations; VAMOS Unidos and Street Vendor Project, the City Council voted to decrease certain street vendor fines from $1000 to $500. This is a monumental win, as it reverses most of Bloomberg`s hike of street vendor fines since 2006. Mayor Bloomberg increased the fines from $250 to $1000, which has led to undue burden on working families that work as street vendor across New York City. Bloomberg is expected to veto the bill. City Counsel has enough votes (44) to override the veto.