World Day for Decent Work: Message from President of Streetnet International - Mr Oscar Silva

President of Streetnet International, Mr Oscar SilvaIn 2008, the International Trade Union Confederation established October 7th as the day to celebrate the World Day for Decent Work (WDDW). On this day we call on all workers to hold activities and events that make visible the labour demands worldwide. Also StreetNet International with all its affiliates in the world supports these claims.

Today we are celebrating once again the Decent Work Day and on this day we should all raise our voices as workers in the informal economy, asserting our rights as workers and as worthy citizens, honest and dynamic contributors to the economies of our countries on a daily basis. No one has given us any gift, all we have achieved is with hard work and we are united worldwide, the voices of all are one through the bonds of solidarity and mutual experiences that get us together.

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Decent Work in the Informal Economy - 7th October

The concept of decent work is an attempt to capture in everyday language, the integration of social and economic objectives for all. Decent work includes employment, labour rights, security and social protection, representation with consistent internal unity and making sense when considered in its totality.

Therefore, the primary objective in this campaign is to promote the expansion of decent work to own account workers in the informal economy of Peru and the world, creating opportunities for men and women, that governments recognise work quality and decent work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity. Because decent work sums up the aspirations of people in their working lives, aspirations for opportunity and income, labour rights, family stability and gender equality.

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Hawkers important to the economy: MEC Maile

Informal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national economy, Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile said on Sunday. Picture Gallo ImagesInformal traders are a vital part of the provincial and national economy, Gauteng economic development MEC Lebogang Maile said on Sunday. "We might want to consider the disingenuous separation of the informal economy from the formal economy," he said.

"The informal sector is one that is largely survivalist and thus mirrors the vast challenges that face our economy." The formal and informal economies had complex links, making them interdependent. Informal traders were significant consumers of formalised businesses` goods and services. Maile was speaking at a workshop bringing together municipalities and informal traders` associations in Gauteng.

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Antiperspirant management: towards scentless, uncolourful, untasteful poverty

In less than a week, two episodes of street vending show the magical ability to conceal poverty when it stubbornly appears, however, tragically, with the death of three vendors: one in Sao Paulo and two in Rio de Janeiro this week September 2014.

Death, of course, is the end of the militarised management of an issue, among others, urban. Despite every effort by governments to enhance and complement their effective repressive to the various manifestations of poverty, these workers will continue to expose their sweats, while this is not a spectrum that appears only in the statistics.

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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