We say goodbye to comrade Eugenio Rodriguez of Honduras

With great sadness, StreetNet International informs its members about the death of comrade Eugenio Rodriguez, leader of the Honduran organization FOTSSIEH and coordinator of the focal point of the Americas region.

On our part, we wish our deepest condolences to the FOTSSIEH, to his struggle partners and to Eugenio’s family.
Eugenio dedicated himself to SNI’s organization in Central America supporting the work of building the articulations and since 2015 being responsible, alongside Vilma Arevalo, for the focal point of the Americas, a key role for the SNI in the region.

We know that FOTSSIEH will continue the work begun by his colleague Eugenio years ago, making sure his legacy will be carried forward. SNI thanks the great contribution of Eugenio to our organization certain that his work remains alive in our construction.

 

Strategic Planning and Moving Further

by Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator

After the Fifth StreetNet International Congress in India in 2016, the newly-elected members of the StreetNet international Council underwent leadership training in January 2017, followed by the first meeting of the International Council. The Council started work on a new strategic plan for StreetNet based on the following four strategic focus areas:

  1. Using collective negotiations and other related strategies of mobilisation and pressure to influence laws and urban policies in favour of street vendors and other informal workers. The New Urban Agenda is to be used as a tool in this process.
  2. Implementing R204 at country level including gaining access to tripartite forums, extension of social protection, and advancing social solidarity economy structures.
  3. Building regional solidarity between StreetNet affiliates across borders, and building regional alliances in order to advance the interests of cross-border informal traders (amongst other objectives).
  4. Continue growing and developing StreetNet International.

A strategic plan for 2020–2024 based on the following strategic focus areas will be developed with the participation of StreetNet’s elected leadership. Regional Focal Points will coordinate the regional level. Continue reading “Strategic Planning and Moving Further”

Newly approved StreetNet Regional Focal Points for Asia and Europe

StreetNet welcomes the Nepal Union of Street Traders (NEST-Nepal) and Moldova-Business-Sind (Moldova) as newly established StreetNet Regional Focal Points (RFP) for Asia and Europe respectively.

Recently, at the 2018 International Council meeting, StreetNet leadership approved the recommendation of its affiliates from Asia and Eastern Europe to move the StreetNet RFPs for Asia to Nepal and the RFP for Europe to Moldova.
NEST appointed Brother Narayan Neupane, who has served as a member of StreetNet International Council (2013-2016) as the RFP Contact Person. He will run the RFP work from NEST with technical support from the General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT), with which NEST is affiliated. Continue reading “Newly approved StreetNet Regional Focal Points for Asia and Europe”

Implementation of ILO Recommendation 204 in South Africa

by Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator

Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator shares the progress made towards implementation of the ILO Recommendation 204: (Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy) in South Africa.

Soon after the adoption of ILO Recommendation 204 (R204) at the International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 2015, the Department of Labour of the Government of South Africa convened a meeting of government (including the Department of Labour (DoL), the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government) with organised labour and organised business. But they forgot to involve any representatives of workers and economic units in the informal economy!

Meeting attendees established a Task Team – but by 2017 the Task Team had still not done any work. In the meantime, the Community Constituency of the National Economic, Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC) was putting a pressure on the Pretoria office of the ILO and in the Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) Steering Committee to initiate work on implementation of R204. Continue reading “Implementation of ILO Recommendation 204 in South Africa”

StreetNet Participation in the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference

StreetNet delegates at the 107th Session of the ILC

by Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Organiser

In June 2018, a StreetNet International delegation led by the StreetNet President Lorraine Sibanda attended the International Labour Conference (ILC) 2018.

The StreetNet delegation included Lorraine Sibanda, StreetNet President; Oksana Abboud, Trainee Coordinator; Wisborn Malaya, ZCIEA Secretary General; Maria Emilia Vargas Luzon, FUTTEINCO Member; Sarah Joanny Lora Abad de Valdez, FUTTEINCO Member; and Miriam Altagracia Ferreras de Rivas, FUTTEINCO Member.

It was a first time for most of the StreetNet delegates to attend the ILC, so it was valuable to get an in-depth understanding of the Conference. The StreetNet delegation mainly focussed its presence and attention on the work of the Tripartite Committee on Ending Violence and Harassment, which has been developing a new international standard-setting instrument on preventing violence and harassment in the world of work.

StreetNet delegates attending the 107th Session of the ILC 2018

Continue reading “StreetNet Participation in the 107th Session of the International Labour Conference”

Training Workshop on Negotiations Skills and Strategy Course for Members of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU)

By Sibailly Douhoure, StreetNet Organizer

30 participants of whom 60% were women attended a 5-day training workshop on negotiations and strategy course for organisers and leaders of workers in street vending and informal market vending sectors, who represented 5 regions of Sierra Leone.

The workshop was held at the Sierra Leone labour congress conference hall in Freetown from the 28th May to 1st June 2018.

The official opening ceremony of the workshop was inaugurated on the 28th of May  by Jennings A. A. Wright the president of Sierra Leone Labour Congress in the presence of Chiblee F. Kamara, the representative of the Ministry of Labour, Isata Bangura, the representative of UNDP, the representative of the Mayor of Freetown, James Samba. The presence of StreetNet International Coordinator, Pat Horn, also graced the occasion. Continue reading “Training Workshop on Negotiations Skills and Strategy Course for Members of the Sierra Leone Traders Union (SLeTU)”

The Voice for the Voiceless

21 February, 2017

Pictured is Jeannette Nyiramasengesho, SYTRIECI President and StreetNet International Council Member

Jeannette Nyiramasengesho, StreetNet International Council Member and a President of SYTRIECI, StreetNet Affiliate from Rwanda, shares experience on working with refugees in her country.

Sister Jeannette states: “Here in our country we continue our work for informal workers even if it is not an easy task, but we try to be the voice for the voiceless. This month we have reinforced negotiations with the Kigali city about the issue of street vendors. Continue reading “The Voice for the Voiceless”

Moving forward with new StreetNet International Council

30 January 2017

By Oksana Abboud, StreetNet Media Officer

Pictured are StreetNet Council members during the Leadership Training

A three day Leadership Training for the members of StreetNet International Council took place on 23-25 January in Durban, South Africa.

The training program was aimed on getting new Council members to be familiar with StreetNet structure, policies and power as well as outlining strategic areas for the next three years.

The training method was participatory, with participants breaking into language based groups who had to read through the clauses of the StreetNet Constitution which describes the roles of the office bearers (clauses 9.5 to 9.9), as well as the powers and duties of the International Council (clause 10.6), and the StreetNet policies.

Pictured are StreetNet Council members during the Leadership Training

The groups reported back describing the relevant Constitutional clauses and developed some suggestions which included the following:

  • Greater clarity needed on International Council member responsibilities, particularly in relation to regional authority and responsibility e.g. Council members should be responsible for bringing in new organisations from the region into StreetNet, and should be able to travel to other countries in the region;
  • Policies should be more concise;
  • Code of Conduct is comprehensive and needs no additions.

The Fundraising strategy and information about specific donors was presented by Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator, which turned into a lively discussion among participants and resulted in proposals’ list to be discussed at the International Council Meeting on 26-27 January.

Pat Horn emphasized that while approaching the donors, we have to create confidence and make sure that we are continuing to evolve in a way that is collectively supported by the leadership. Donors get very worried if old decisions, obligations and planning are abandoned by new leadership.

She also reminded that a big task for the coming period is to raise funds, as currently there is very little money in the StreetNet’s pot.

Day two of the StreetNet Leadership Training was aimed at Strategic Planning. Jane Barret, WIEGO International Coordinator was facilitating the whole day sessions.

Pictured are StreetNet Council members during the Leadership Training

The participants were working on the following issues: Impacting on laws and urban policies through collective negotiations; how to roll out to all StreetNet affiliates using the New Urban Agenda; Implementation of R204; gaining access into tripartite forums; extension of social protection; social solidarity economy structures. The Council Members also discussed the issue of regional impact and informal cross-border traders, regional alliances, how to roll out to more regions. Consolidating a strategic plan for current International Council mandate was successfully achieved.

The third Day of the Training was focused on management of resources in order to equip the new leadership to lead on these issues, and to make any recommendations for amendments to the systems in the International Council meeting. Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator introduced to the Council Members the issue of Resources Management and Annelene Muhammad Shafi, Financial Administrator clearly briefed about current StreetNet financial situation.

During the evaluation session, the participants expressed their views and satisfaction about the training, pointing on learning a lot of useful and necessary knowledge about StreetNet functioning and other interesting topics.

Leadership of Ubumbano Traders’ Alliance, StreetNet affiliate from Durban, visited the Training to greet a new StreetNet President and the Council Members.

Pictured is StreetNet International Council during its Meeting in Durban

On 26-27 January, StreetNet International Council took place in StreetNet Office in Durban.

Lorraine Sibanda, StreetNet President professionally chaired the Council Meeting which had a lot of items on its agenda.

The first Council Meeting was held successfully as all the agenda issues were discussed and agreed by the Council members.

The Council also adopted a Draft Strategic Plan which indicates main four strategic focus areas for StreetNet work going forward. The strategic areas are the following:

  • Using collective negotiations and other related strategies of mobilization and pressure to influence laws and urban policies in favour of street vendors and other informal workers;
  • Implementing ILO Recommendation 204 at country level including gaining access to tripartite forums, extension of social protection and advancing social solidarity economy structures;
  • Building regional solidarity between StreetNet affiliates across borders and building regional alliances to advance the interests of cross-borders informal traders;
  • Continue growing and developing StreetNet International.

International Coordinator’s report and recommendations have been also supported and adopted by the International Council.