Dialogue Starts between Self-employed Workers and Political Forces

On the 17 January marked the initiation of the dialogue between the merchants and vendors of the Informal Sector and the majority of the political forces in the country.

The forum was organised by the National Vendors` Unit (UNV), which was attended by the San Salvador mayoral candidates from the following political parties ARENA, GANA, PCN, Salvadoran Democracy and Democratic Change.

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Nayib Bukele did not attend the informal vendors’ forum

The National Informal Vendors’ Unit (UNV), made up of various representative organisations in the sector, conducted a forum with the San Salvador mayoral candidates.

The most notable absentee was Nayib Bukele, the candidate for the FMLN, whose reason for not being present was not known. The aspiring mayor of the capital tends to be absent from presentations to which his opponents are invited.

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Invitation to a Forum


The National Vendors Unit (UNV) has the pleasure of inviting you to a Forum where "The Strategic Platform of the Self-employed Workers" will be presented.

Date: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Building E, Auditorium E, Francisco Gavidia University (UFG)

The speakers attending the Forum will be the Mayoral Candidates for the Municipality of San Salvador, who will expound their positions concerning the content of the Platform.

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Township wars — the myth and mayhem

Nazil Munssi, surrounded by police, in front of his looted shop last month. Townships including Soweto have been hit by looters targeting foreign-owned stores. Picture: AFP/STEFAN HEUNISCARWASH owner Nathi Mbatha says it is a “sad thing” that both government and fellow South Africans are “quick to refer to us as cry babies and incompetent business people” outclassed by foreigners who are simply working harder.

Mr Mbatha, who works in Merebank, a low-income area in KwaZulu-Natal, was speaking to Business Times in the grim aftermath of the looting spree that rippled through Soweto and other townships, devastating a number of foreign-run shops and leaving five people dead — including a baby.

The authorities have focused on this key question: was this the first wave of a new round of xenophobic attacks, or simply criminal opportunism?

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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'.

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USA. Street vendors press city to legalize their trade.

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