Decent Work Day - 7 October


StreetNet International calls on street vendors and informal traders to join the workers of the world in celebration of Decent Work Day on Sunday 7th October and to engage in social dialogue with their local governments to take urgent responsibility for the promotion of Decent Work.

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Street Vendor members of CNTS and SUDEMS in Senegal initiate Union Caravan project

A regional caravan in the West African economic region departed from Senegal on the 9 September, led by StreetNet`s Senegalese affiliates CNTS Women`s Committee and SUDEMS. They will be passing through Gambia, Guinea, Cote d`Ivoire, Niger, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Mali until the 14th October. A second caravan will leave on the 10th November and they will go through Mauritania, Morocco Spain and Portugal until the 9 December 2012.

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StreetNet International, trade union and social partners call on Mayoral Candidates in the World Cup Host Cities to score a goal for Brazil by creating decent work opportunities for street vendors

With one month to go before the Mayoral elections in Brazil, StreetNet International, trade union and social partners have written to 84 candidates in the host cities to call upon them to score a goal for their country by creating decent work opportunities for street vendors.

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Monday mass meeting of evicted pinafore-vendors demand response from eThekwini Mayor and City Manager

Homeless: Cindy Chiliza, one of the informal traders who lived on the property. She had lost all five machines, all her stock and everything that was in her home. She depends on her trade as she is the breadwinner and supports her family which includes her siblings, her child and her motherOn Monday, 10th September at 9 a.m. four hundred and thirty (430) determined self-employed pinafore-makers and informal traders convened a mass meeting at 126 Alice Street. It is the the site where they were forcibly evicted from their workplace on Saturday by Durban Metro Police, on the instructions of the Business Support Unit of the eThekwini Municipality. The traders called on the Mayor, James Nxumalo, and new City Manager S`bu Sithole to meet them after discussing what strategy and tactics to proceed to employ to get the eThekwini municipality to respond to their demands, which include the following:

1.Urgent allocation of a building to work in (since Saturday`s eviction from the building they had occupied where their remaining machinery and equipment is)
2. Appointment of a woman at the Business Support Unit of the eThekwini Municipality to head women`s issues affecting women informal traders;
3. Support for those who lost their machinery and equipment in a fire last week;
4. Suitable and affordable space to sell their pinafores in flea markets.

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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.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International is an alliance of street vendors. It was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002.

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