South African Informal Traders Alliance officially launches in Kimberly
The formation and launch of the South African Informal Traders Alliance is indeed an historic event and one without precedent. This has taken place in Kimberely, were there will be a two day workshop on the 15 and 16th of May. It is the culmination of many months of behind the scenes planning and deliberations between the 9 provincial traders` representative bodies, StreetNet International, S.A Municipal Workers Union and COSATU.
Informal traders, street vendors and micro businesses which, by their very nature are critical components of the South African informal business economy, and in turn an integral part of the SA economy, have this day come together in a show of collective unity under the umbrella of S.A.I.T.A.
Self–Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) hosts “Strengthening African People’s Organisations and NGOs” workshop in Durban
StreetNet International welcomed their affiliate SEWA as they touched ground in Durban this week. SEWA, an organisation based in India has been selected by the Government of India for the implementation of a project called “Strengthening African People’s Organisations and NGOs” where five countries are selected in Africa. South Africa is one of the countries nominated.
May 1st is also a Day for the Self-employed Workers
Millions of independent workers around the world are far from reaching the levels of social protection achieved by the working class internationally.
For the Union of Professionals and Self-Employed workers (UPTA), 1st May celebrates the commemoration of all the models and systems of work, including the work for own-account or self-employed, done by hundreds of millions of workers ar ound the world.
The World celebrates International Workers Day
International Workers` Day celebrated on the First of May commemorates the historic struggle of working people throughout the world. It is also recognition of the Global Workers Movement and people unite to express their international solidary.
The history of Workers’ Day goes back to the 1886 Haymarket Affair in Chicago, where police tried to disperse a large crowd of striking workers who was protesting for a shorter work day of eight hours. An unidentified assailant threw a bomb at the policemen, and law officers then proceeded to fire live ammunition at a defenseless crowd of unarmed strikers.
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