Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204)

Many of StreetNetís affiliates worked hard in preparation for the discussion at the International Labour Conference in 2014 and 2015 for the adoption of a new ILO Convention on this topic - and StreetNet delegates participated in these discussions. What did we achieve?

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FTUEU holds protest action in Kyiv to oppose imposing of cash register machines

Protest action outside the Verkhovna Rada on June 30, 2015

In Ukraine, there have been protests of workers of small and medium businesses to oppose a so called “tax reform”. Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU), StreetNet Affiliate, also actively participated in the protest actions.

A main idea is that it’s not the first time in the history of Ukraine`s independence, when the government is trying to introduce mandatory fiscal cash register machines for entrepreneurs working on a simplified system of taxation. It means that for those whom the law does not oblige to keep records and sets the amount of taxes regardless of the difference between revenues and expenditures. Thus simplified tax system, in fact, would become not available for most entrepreneurs who use it nowadays. They would have to spend a lot of money and their time on solving issues related to the tax system and cash register machines; they could be permanently under threat of heavy fines for minor mistakes, extortion by corrupt tax collectors and just unable to work due to technical problems with the cash register machines.

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SYTRIECI, a new African Organisation, accepted as part of the StreetNet International Family

Jeannette Nyiramasengesho, President of SYTRIECI addressing members

SYTRIECI has a vision to protect and promote the rights of workers in the informal economy with the view of improving their living and working conditions.

The main focus is marginalised poor women without the means to organise themselves in cooperatives and also male traders who are interested to become members of cooperatives.

SYTRIECI engaged in many activities such as creating the mini-local market and street venders; creating vocational activities ie generating incomes like tailoring; workshops in finance, entrepreneurship, and human rights; elaborating and managing small projects, guidance and counseling for the several vulnerable categories and advocacy at several levels.

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International Labour Organization adopts historical labour standard to tackle the Informal Economy

Pictured are some of the StreetNet delegation including, Pat Horn, StreetNet International Coordinator and Julianna Brown Afari, StreetNet Vice President(5th and 6th position from left) with colleagues from  other organisations at the ILO Conference in Geneva

The International Labour Organization (ILO) held its annual 104th International Labour Conference (ILC) in Geneva from 1 to 13 June, 2015. The ILC event included the participation of an estimated 3000 delegates from 185 member countries. Worker, employer and government delegates from the ILO's 185 member States tackled a wide range of issues, including the transitioning from the informal to the formal economy.

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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.

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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