Marginalised Workers in South Asia demand for Transformative Social Protection
The Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health, and Environment Foundation (OSHE), the Hong-Kong based Asia Monitor Resource Centre (AMRC), and the South Asian partners of the Asian Roundtable on Social Protection (AROSP) co-organised a meeting of grassroots workers organisations from different South Asian countries to discuss the issue of social protection.
The programme was held at the BRAC Inn Centre, Dhaka, Bangladesh where 41 representatives from 30 grassroots worker organisations from the informal economy, trade unions and labour NGOs in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka had participated.
The meeting aimed to deepen the understanding of the marginalised workers in the region on social protection issues and to formulate common social protection demands that South Asian marginalised workers who can jointly campaign for at the sub-regional levels.
[Santiago, Chile. November 19, 2014] On Friday 14th November, the National Independent Workers` Union of Transport Hawkers and Allied Sector (SINTRALOC) celebrated International Street Vendors Day worldwide. Along with this they made a request to the government to officially recognize their day.
Court Order restores hope for the implementation of Vending Act
India - New Delhi, 10thDecember, 2014: Hearing a writ petition of National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) against continuous eviction and harassment of street vendors in Delhi, Hon’ble High Court of Delhi took a strong exception of blatant violation of the Street Vending Act, 2014 and repeated deliberate ignorance of court orders. Annoyed, the division bench of Hon’ble Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Hon’ble Justice Siddharth Mridul asked the petitioner to file a contempt petition for dis-obeying the earlier court orders.
Appearing for the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), Advocate Prashant Bhushan, drew attention of the bench to the sad situation that the municipal and police authorities not only ignore the court orders but openly defying it and they keep extorting “HAFTA” from the poor vendors.
Trade union leader of Ukrainian entrepreneurs, Valentine Korobka assaulted again!
On November 30, 2014 in the city of Kharkiv (Eastern Ukraine) Valentina Korobka, the Chairwoman of the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (VPPU), was attacked late at night by an unknown man, who struck her several times in the face.
It happened on the fourth day of Valentina`s business trip during where she chaired a delegation of representatives of the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from the market "Barabashovo" invited Valentina to Kharkov as they already spent several days picketing. After her arrival to the huge market "Barabashovo" a new trade union center was created immediately.
A few days ago market vendors of the "Barabashovo" market went on strike to protest against the arbitrary decisions of the local administration. One of their demands was - to cancel the illegal rent increases by 35%.