Repressions towards unions and Street vendors in South Korea

StreetNet International which represents more than 550 000 street/market vendors and hawkers from 51 affiliated organizations from 47 countries throughout the world is deeply concerned with the current situation in Seoul and considers the crackdown done by Korean government against the street vendors and other trade unionists unacceptable and those which violate human, workers` and trade unions` rights of our brothers and sisters from South Korea.

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Online crowd funding - a new experiment of StreetNet International

You may already be aware that since January 2015, StreetNet has been operating with no office, using virtual space, with a small team of three voluntary and very part-time people and a part-time bookkeeper. But we have managed to keep up with our work of making an international impression at the level of the ILO (International Labour Organisation), international trade union movement, social movements, UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) and Cities Alliance, Global Programme for the Right to the City, etc. through StreetNet`s representatives who are elected leaders of street vendors and informal traders around the world - proving how much can be done with lots of solidarity and very little money.

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StreetNet affiliate from Azerbaijan helps street vendors in villages and promotes ILO Recommendation 204

Pictured are Street vending spaces in Vandam and Kharkhar villages

In the framework of creating favorable conditions for street traders, Federation of Trade Unions of Azerbaijan "Xhidmat-ISH" started negotiations with the local municipal authorities. According to the negotiations, there are already first small, but successful results.

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Free Trade Unions of Ukraine marked a World Day for Decent Work

Valentyna Korobka during her speech in front of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine

Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU), StreetNet affiliate, in cooperation with other branch organizations affiliated to the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU), participated in the events dedicated to the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW).

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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.

SOUTH AFRICA. South Africa: Xenophobic Violence in KZN - 'This Is a Black Easter for Foreigners'.

SINGAPORE. Singapore street food: stewed, sliced and steamed - video.

USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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