5 August, 2016
On July, 2016, representatives of Sindicato de Trabajadores Comerciantes Patentados y Afines de Costa Rica (SINTRACOPEA) and Federación Nacional de Trabajadores Independientes Vendedores de El Salvador (FESTIVES), both affiliated to StreetNet Internacional, participated in the Subregional Seminar "Effective experiences of transition to formality: Lessons learned and challenges in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras" organized by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Tegucigalpa, Honduras.
This Seminar is part of the activities of the ILO project "Promoting respect for labour rights of Workers in the Informal Economy in Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras", which lasted 45 months (October 31st, 2012 - July 31st, 2016) and aimed to promote labour rights of Workers in the informal economy (decent work and social protection) by sensitizing them, increasing the organizational capacity and productivity of workers, and improving the capacity of local and national governments to meet the needs of workers in the informal economy in municipalities of Costa Rica (Desamparados Municipality), El Salvador (Santa Tecla Municipality) and Honduras (Central District Municipality -Tegucigalpa and Comayagüela).
As a result of the project, organizations of workers in the informal economy in those countries got involved in Tripartite Dialogue Round Tables, and also, have established two centers, one in Costa Rica and the other in El Salvador known as "Casas de los Derechos" ("Houses of Rights"), that provide information about municipal procedures (such as, patent applications); offer mediation services when there are conflict situations with municipal authorities; and provide legal advice to exercise labour activities. Workers in the informal economy also receive training in capacity building on employability and enterpreneurship, and strengthening of organizations. These centers have considered the guidelines of the ILO Recomendation 204 concerning "The Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy".
The newly opened "Casa de Derechos" ("House of Rights") in Costa Rica has served more than 300 people (street vendors, domestic workers, most vulnerable women and migrants, etc.) only during the first month. Kattia Barquero, Secretary of Organization of SINTRACOPEA and person in charge of "Casa de Derechos" ("House of Rights") said that "WhatsApp and Facebook have been very useful to communicate the existence of the Centres and to follow up with people who have paid a visit."
The ILO has issued recommendations for sustainability of the Centers and has trained employees who worked there on migration, labour legislation, human rights, politics and leadership development issues, because it is expected that "Casas de Derechos" ("Houses of Rights") begin to function independently from August 2016.
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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.
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