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StreetNet launches New Manifesto and hosts Social Solidarity Workshop

StreetNet launched a new manifesto campaign guide and hosted a social solidarity workshop. These two activities were part of the Flow project. This was held in Lome, Togo from the 13-15 April for affiliates from Ghana, Benin and Togo.

Launching of the StreetNet International New Manifesto Campaign Guide

At the launch of the New Manifesto Campaign. Pictured are the New Manifesto Guides being distributed to the delegations who attended

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Xhidmat-ISH hosts Capacity Building Workshop

With the support of StreetNet and the FLOW Project, Federation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan "Xhidmat-ISH" organised a capacity building workshop on the topic "Forms, methods and tactics of negotiation" in Baku city, Azerbaijan. The workshop was facilitated by an experienced ILO trainer, Vsevolod Barbanyagra.

Jamaladdin Ismayilov, Xhidmat-ISH Vice-President addressing the participants during the opening of the workshop

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Lift the cap on NYC`s street vendors

The number of permits for street vendors hasn`t budged since 1981, the year Prince Charles married Princess Diana

Chef Adam Sobel sitting next to the well known Cinnamon Truck with his dog Long line of customers que for the delicious food. The Cinnamon Truck and staff will be missed by New Yorkers

Many New Yorkers are mourning the closure of Cinnamon Snail, the city`s most popular food truck and reigning Vendy Award winner, after it was forced to shut off its engine earlier this month.

Hundreds of fans lined up for more than two hours in frigid temperatures to try one last habanero apricot grilled tempeh with smoked chili coconut bacon. Their love and sadness for the food truck`s delicacies echoed across social media.

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UPTA reinforces its European presence with integration into the European Federation of Independent Professionals (EFIP)

Madrid, 25 de marzo de 2015.- La Unión de Profesionales y Trabajadores Autónomos de España (UPTA) forma parte desde el pasado viernes de la Federación Europea de Profesionales Independientes (EFIP). Una organización que representa los intereses de los más de 25 millones de autónomos europeos.

UPTA representará a España en la Federación, que cuenta con organizaciones de países como Francia, Italia, Inglaterra, Alemania, Bélgica, Holanda, Rumanía, Polonia y Croacia.

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NewsBox, 2 - 15 March 2015

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ZIMBABWE. First Lady`s Empathy On Vendors Misunderstood. All Africa (13 March 2015). She reminded the police officers that some of them had qualified to join the force because their mothers had sent them to school from the proceeds of street vending.

UK. Street traders` petition passes 5,000 mark. Essex County Standard (13 March 2015) by Andrea Collitt. The petition, seeking the right for the street traders to stay where they are, had 5,000 signatures by Wednesday.

SINGAPORE. Year-long SG50 festivities to highlight hawker food, local music. Channel News Asia (12 March 2015). The Minister for Culture, Community and Youth said it is important to celebrate Singapore`s heritage and culture, adding that the idea of a "distinctive Singaporean culture" is still relatively new and evolving.

MEXICO. Tacos are on credit as street vendors in Mexico use apps. The Globe and Mail (12 March 2015) by Patricia Laya. In Mexico city, known for its sprawling street markets, consumers are shunning cash and opting for credit cards they swipe on merchants` smartphones to pay for everything from shoes to tacos.

INDIA. Vendor goods being seized under anti-sabotage measures: HC told. Zee News (8 March 2015). An association for street vendors has alleged before Delhi High Court that goods of roadside sellers were being seized by police as part of its "anti- sabotage measures", which the organisation has dubbed as a "fresh modus operandi" to harass squatters.

INDIA. Asi Permission Awaited For Building Shops. NewsHub (7 March 2015). The Vellore Corporation is waiting for permission from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to go ahead with the construction of shops for street vendors on the old fish market premises on Anna Salai.

AFRICA. Why Africa`s Booming Cities Need More Autonomy in Urban Planning. City Lab (3 March 2015) Sam Sturgis.  According to the article, the bond was going to fund a new market hall, where street vendors could sell their goods in a more formal exchange.

StreetNet International

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