Report on the Seminar held in Togo on the capacity building of the Trade Union Leaders of Fainatrasit from 22 to 23 July 2014
Recruitment and Organising Young Workers in the Informal Economy
The organiser of StreetNet in Africa Sibailly Douhouré visited Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria from the 2nd to 26th July.
During his first stay in Togo, from July 7th to July 9th, Sibailly Douhouré met the leaders of FAINATRASIT, an affiliate of StreetNet in Togo to discuss the challenges of the operation of the Focal Point in West and Central Africa. During his return from Nigeria, he stopped again in Lomé to attend the first seminar of the FLOW Project in the country. Sibailly made this journey by travelling via road, what allowed him to meet several cross-border traders and to discover realities of the road traffic in West Africa.
Seminar held to raise awareness about labour rights in the informal Economy
On the 10-11 July, the Self-Employed and Commercial Sector Workers union conducted training based on ‘’employed women in the informal sector of labor market’’.The seminar was supported by International organisation ‘’StreetNet’’. It attended by women who are employed in the informal Economy from Zugdidi, Batumi, Telavi, Kutaisi and Tbilisi.
The seminar was led by the GTUC vice-president, womens committee, Chairman Eter Matureli, Self-employed and Commercial sector workers union’s president Miranda Mandaria, who discussed labor rights according national legislation and labor code.
StreetNet’s Programme In Nigeria
According to the StreetNet work plan for 2014, Sibailly Maximilien Douhouré, StreetNet organiser in Africa and Aaron A. Boima Secretary General of SLeTU, the StreetNet’s affiliate in Sierra-Leone , have just started a one week visit in Nigeria from July 13 to 17, 2014. The objective of this important trip is to interact with the leadership of FIWON and other trade unions like National Union of Textile, NUTG. The other objective is to find out FIWON’s capacity in organising, to know the affiliated associations and numerical strength and also see the relationship between StreetNet and FIWON in terms of affiliation. Sibailly will also use this opportunity to know the status of the waste pickers organizations in Nigeria since the WIEGO’s project ended in 2013.
SINTRALOC, Chile New Focal Point Organisation of the Americas Region
The National Union of Independent Workers, Transport Hawkers and Allied Sectors - SINTRALOC,was founded on November 27th, 1987. Some of their objectives working are to ensure the welfare of its members and to fight for their interests at local and national level. Now it is also responsible for the coordination of regional affiliates in the Americas. Previously this responsibility had been entrusted to the CTCP, Nicaragua; however, in a democratic process of dialogue and discussion, SINTRALOC was elected by the majority of region members to do this work from this year.
SINTRALOC has been working in Chile to legalise labour activities of its members and to stop their persecution and criminalisation. So far they have achieved recognition from central government who they are working with, recognition of all the rights of other citizens and are currently discussing the issue of mono-tribute (taxation) so the sector is included in health benefits, social security, access to housing, etc...