StreetNet Presentation to Plenary
Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator commented that despite the disappointing failure to get a clear recognition of the right of informal workers to participate in collective negotiations, not limited by bad national practices, they did manage to win some other new points which have not been in ILO instruments so far. “ For example ‘integrated policy framework should address the promotion of local development strategies, both rural and urban, including regulated access for the use of public spaces and access to public natural resources for subsistence livelihoods’ – and then after a lot of fighting, and losing the issue in other parts of the text, we finally got a Clause in the Preamble saying that existing livelihoods of workers in the informal economy should be preserved during the process of the transition to formalisation. By the end of the week there should be the latest version of what has been agreed for presentation to the plenary on Friday, where the Conference will vote on the adoption of the Recommendation.”
Disappointing setback for marginalised workers in informal economy
In all consultations with workers in the informal economy across different continents about the upcoming ILO Recommendation on transitions from the informal to the formal economy, there was complete consensus on one issue - formalisation MUST involve the right to direct participation in collective negotiations (including tripartite negotiations) by ALL workers, including those in the informal economy. This necessarily involves changing prevailing national practice in the majority of countries, where workers in the informal economy do not enjoy this right.
International Labour Organisation to address the future of the Informal Economy
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) will hold its annual International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva from 1 to 13 June, 2015. The ILC event will be expected to include the participation of an estimated 3000 delegates from 185 member countries. Worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO`s 185 member States will tackle a wide range of issues, including the transitioning from the informal to the formal economy.
In 2004 StreetNet International was first accredited by the ILO (International Labour Organisation) to participate in the 92nd session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) as the international representative organisation of workers in the street vendors` sector of the informal economy.
STREETNET/SATUCC inputs into the proposed ILO recommendation on “Transitions from Informal to Formal Economy”
A joint meeting of representatives from Southern Africa Trade Union Coordinating Council (SATUCC) and StreetNet International was held on the 20th – 21st May 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana, on the identification of gaps in the text of a proposed ILO Recommendation on “Transitions from Informal to Formal Economy”