The Ukrainian entrepreneurs' union picketed at Economic Court for accountability of the local market

The building of Sevastopol city (South Ukraine) Economic Court was picketed by the union of entrepreneurs from a small village Razdolnoye. Members of Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) came out to support their colleague, who is litigating his rights in court against the administration of the local market.

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Cuba’s Entrepreneurs Flourish Against the Odds

Street traders are part of Cuba`s growing private sector. (Photo: Devon D. Ewart/Flickr)More and more Cubans are running their own small businesses, generating incomes and helping support the economy. But in a system heavily weighted against them, they struggle to gain a competitive edge.

The self-employed entrepreneurs known as “cuentapropistas” took off in the early 1990s, and they have come to fill various economic niches, running shops, selling goods in the street and driving taxis.

They still operate on the margins of a predominately state-controlled economy, in which the government tries to manage supply and demand by fixing prices and rationing certain basic items.

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The Central Market of Bujumbura on fire: Pierre Nkurunziza call for national solidarity

While a thick smoke hangs over the market, soldiers takes  their position around the area.

In groups of three, armed soldiers are stationed in several corners. Surely to deter looters. In the streets near the market, some people carry goods in taxis, on their heads, whatever they can. Traders? Looters? Nobody can say for sure. People seem resigned and overwhelmed. The human death toll remains unknown at 11h10 am.

Follow the developments of the situation on Iwacu

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"Domestic workers would be well catered for if Ghana signs ILO Convention" – TUC Boss

Mr. Kofi Asamoah – TUC Secretary-GeneralMr. Kofi Asamoah, Secretary General of the Trades Union Congress, has said that domestic workers have rights that need to be respected, just like every other worker." These workers typically have no holidays, work for unspecified periods of time, lack adequate protection and thus often end up being abused."

Mr. Asamoah was speaking at an Advocacy Seminar on the International Labor Organisation(ILO) Convention 189, which concerns decent work and conditions of service for domestic workers, which was held in Accra on Monday.

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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.

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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