WCCA (World Class Cities for All) Campaign Statement on Dismissal of Nelspruit stadium construction workers

28 June 2008

StreetNet International, the international federation of street vendor organisations with over 300 000 members in 34 organisations in 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and leader of the World Class Cities for All (WCCA) Campaign:

Notes with concern the unfair dismissal of more than 70 workers by the Mbombela Joint Venture company building the 2010 stadium in the Mbombela Municipality in Nelspruit.

Supports COSATU`s call for:

  • Unconditional re-instatement of the dismissed workers
  • Opening of discussions with the NUM leadership with immediate effect
  • Management to negotiate in good faith
  • Management to place the interests of the province before their own greed and thirst for accumulation at all cost.

The WCCA campaign was launched in South Africa on 28 November 2006 to challenge traditional elitist First-World approaches to building World Class Cities, and create a new, more inclusive concept of "World Class Cities for All" as the country prepares to host the FIFA World Cup in 2010. This is the South African part of an international campaign initiated by StreetNet International in May 2006, which has now been launched also in India by the National Alliance of Street Vendors of India (NASVI - StreetNet`s largest affiliate) in preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in 2010.

Issued by Pat Horn

International Co-ordinator
StreetNet International
Telephone: 031 -3074038

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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