StreetNet Presentation to Plenary

Gladys Mponda, StreetNet representative, addressing plenary session of International Labour Conference

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.”

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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.

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International Labour Organisation to address the future of the Informal Economy

Pictured is StreetNet Vice President, Juliana Brown Afari doing a presentation to the Committee on transitions from the informal to the formal economy on the 2 June 2015 at the ILCThe 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.

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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

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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