The major international development during 2015 was the adoption of a new ILO Recommendation 204 on Transitions from the Informal to the Formal Economy. StreetNet International was one of the key organisations, together with WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalising and Organising) who widely consulted organised workers in the informal economy in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe and coordinated preparations during the course of 2013 - 2015 to ensure that the content of the Recommendation reflects the needs and interests of the workers in the informal economy. One of these preparatory events was a SADC regional workshop jointly convened by StreetNet and SATUCC in May 2015, one month before the Recommendation was finalised and adopted at the International Labour Conference in Geneva in June 2015.
This Recommendation is the framework within which we are working for the protection and promotion of the rights of workers in the informal economy, who constitute 70% of the workforce in the SADC region. Notwithstanding this, there are continued decent work deficits in informal economy in SADC region, and lack of inclusive development. To put an end to this, workers in the informal economy demand the immediate de-criminalisation of informal economy work. We do not break the law - the law breaks us!!
Proposals for discussion with SATUCC on day 2 on 17th August 2016:
Establishment of a follow-up committee in SADC for the implementation of R204.
Informal Economy Protocol - N.B. paragraph in Labour & Employment Protocol.
Budgetary commitment from regional governments to support IE organisations.
Inclusion of measures to address the situation of informal workers with disabilities.
Revisit peer review mechanisms.
There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events. It can be found on this link: http://streetnetbrasil.wordpress.com/
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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