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Own-Account workers in Nicaragua are grateful for the recognition of their rights

Own-Account workers in NicaraguaThe Confederation of Own-Account Workers at a press conference thanked Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo for their statement that no own-account worker can be evicted from their job.

These statements were provided by the comrade Rosario Murillo, on 15th September in a special notification, where once again the Nicaraguan Government recognizes the self-employed sector as a movement that deserves respect for their work.

This is not the first time that this government makes such a statement, since in 2009 the government has said that evictions of workers was prohibited since it was considered their right to earn a honest living.

The own-account workers contribute 44.4% to the GDP, according to the IDB, giving greater stability to the country; and they are generators of wealth and national stability.

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World Day for Decent Work: Message from President of Streetnet International - Mr Oscar Silva

President of Streetnet International, Mr Oscar SilvaIn 2008, the International Trade Union Confederation established October 7th as the day to celebrate the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW). On this day we call on all workers to hold activities and events that make visible the labour demands worldwide. Also StreetNet International with all its affiliates in the world supports these claims.

Today we are celebrating once again the Decent Work Day and on this day we should all raise our voices as workers in the informal economy, asserting our rights as workers and as worthy citizens, honest and dynamic contributors to the economies of our countries on a daily basis. No one has given us any gift, all we have achieved is with hard work and we are united worldwide, the voices of all are one through the bonds of solidarity and mutual experiences that get us together.

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Decent Work in the Informal Economy - 7th October

The concept of decent work is an attempt to capture in everyday language, the integration of social and economic objectives for all. Decent work includes employment, labour rights, security and social protection, representation with consistent internal unity and making sense when considered in its totality.

Therefore, the primary objective in this campaign is to promote the expansion of decent work to own account workers in the informal economy of Peru and the world, creating opportunities for men and women, that governments recognise work quality and decent work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Because decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives, aspirations for opportunity and income, labour rights, family stability and gender equality.

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Hawkers important to the economy: MEC Maile

Informal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national economy, Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile said on Sunday. Picture Gallo ImagesInformal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national economy, Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile said on Sunday. "We might want to consider the disingenuous separation of the informal economy from the formal economy," he said.

"The informal sector is one that is largely survivalist and thus mirrors the vast challenges that face our economy." The formal and informal economies had complex links, making them interdependent. Informal traders were significant consumers of formalised businesses` goods and services. Maile was speaking at a workshop bringing together municipalities and informal traders` associations in Gauteng.

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NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

NewsBox, 1 - 14 September 2014

IRAN. Tehran's vendors battle the streets to survive. The Guardian (15 September 2014).

PHILIPPINES. Estrada's tents for Quiapo vendors irk 'legit' traders. The Philippine Daily Inquirer (14 September 2014) by Nathaniel R. Melican and Djan Arell G. Magbanua.

HONG KONG. Architects step in to street vendors row. Bangkok Post (15 September 2014).

GHANA. The Feasibility Of The Ban On Street Food. Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (12 September 2014) by Zephaniah Kwesi Danaa.

USA. Vendy Awards to spotlight and honor city's best street vendors. AM New York (11 September 2014) by Ivan Pereira.

INDONESIA. Vendors adjust to new site at mall. The Jakarta Post (11 September 2014) by Josh Kelety.

ZIMBABWE. A day in the life of a female vendor. The Zimbabwean (10 September 2014) by Sofia Mapuranga.

INDIA. 269 street vendors to get identity cards soon. The Times of India (9 September 2014).

GLOBAL. International Study Finds Inclusive Practices Have Big Impact on Street Vendors and Their Households. PRWeb (9 September 2014). Five-city study from WIEGO examines impact of government policy and practice on street vendors' livelihoods.

INDONESIA. Editorial: Legalizing street vendors. The Jakarta Post (6 September 2014).

INDIA. 'Harassed' vendors want to meet PM. Deccan Herald (8 September 2014).

USA. The Untold Story of Women Vendors in New York. New America Media (8 September 2014).

MYANMAR. Street vendors to clean up their act. Myanmar Times (1 September 2014) by Ei Ei Thu and Myint Kay Thi.

USA. More Angelenos are becoming street vendors amid weak economy. LA Times (6 September 2014) by Tiffany Hsu.

INDIA. Dabbawalas not under ambit of Street Vendors' Act. DNA India (2 September 2014) by Eknath Makne.

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