Training Workshop on Organising from the Bottom up
On the 23-25 and 28-30 March 2016, StreetNet International and the Vietnam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), jointly ran a training workshop on organising from the bottom up for syndicates of workers in the informal economy in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City respectively. The workshop fell within the framework of a project with Oxfam, Belgium.
The 40 participants who attended the two workshops were syndicate organisers and leaders. They came from different provinces of Vietnam to learn how to organise informal workers and establish negotiating forums, as well as to share their experience on work in the different sectors of the informal economy.
STREETNET Americas affiliates contribute to important book
Eleven organisations affiliated to StreetNet Americas, have written on their experiences in a book published by Trade Union Confederation of Americas (TUCA), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the Bureau for Workers´ Activities (ACTRAV-ILO).
TUCA, ITUC and ACTRAV-ILO published the book Experiencias Sindicales de Formalización Mediante Organización Sindical y Diálogo Social en América Latina y el Caribe in 2015. It is a collection of the experiences of organisations in the region, as well as information materials produced by the Working Group for Union Self-reform (GTAS), CSA, Sindical Obrera (USO), and StreetNet International.
NASVI National Workshop on Town Vending Committee in New Delhi, India
On March 14, 2016, National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), StreetNet Affiliate, held a National Workshop on Town Vending Committee (TVC) in New Delhi, India.
The objectives of the workshop were: to review progress on Street Vendors Law with special focus on provisions of Town Vending Committee, its functioning, role and status in different states as well as revitalization of the TVCs.
68 Comrades of Sindicato Unificado de Locatarios de Mercados de Honduras and FOTSSIEH lost their stalls and mechandises in a fire
Vilma Arévalo, Treasurer of FOTSSIEH, informed StreetNet that on March 2nd, approximately at 3:30 a.m. Honduras Time, a fire in the market of Barrio El Centro started. According with the firefighters report a reheating cable problem would be the posible cause. In less than 30 minutes, the fire consumed 68 stalls and merchandises of 49 women and 19 men street vendor comrades, affiliated to Sindicato Unificado de Locatarios de Mercados de Honduras SULMERH and also to FOTSSIEH. The affected comrades met with the Major in order to find an inmediate solution. The municipal authority said that the reconstruction of the market will be finished in one year.