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...
StreetNet Newsletter 27
Belarusian Trade Union of Entrepreneurs "Vmeste" ("Together") held a protest action in the city of Vitebsk
In early June 2014, a significant part of all entrepreneurs of Vitebsk city markets stopped working for one day. They had a protest action day due to facing big problems regarding the implementation of the technical regulations of the Customs Union: from July 1, 2014 entrepreneurs of Belarus are under threat of confiscation of the rests of their goods for which there are no documents confirming their quality. In this case, entrepreneurs under the leadership of the trade union "Vmeste", prepared an appeal letter to the country President Alexander Lukashenko.
According to the requirements of the Customs Union technical regulations (which includes such countries, like: Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan), all goods which entrepreneurs sell out at the markets in Belarus, should have a special quality certificates. Even if the things are bought in wholesale warehouses in neighboring Russia, namely Belarusian entrepreneurs are obliged to make the expertise of theirs goods to confirm that they do not harm the buyers. There is a special laboratory where all the quality of goods has to be checked and entrepreneurs have to pay money for this.
StreetNet presentation to Plenary
StreetNet is an international federation of 52 organisations of street vendors, informal market vendors and hawkers in 46 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Eastern Europe, representing 588 709 paid-up members. Because of lack of appropriate policies and regulations at local, national and cross-border level, this sector of workers in the informal economy face problems of often being perceived as illegal - while they try to earn their living by means of completely lawful economic activities.
StreetNet participated in the Committee on Migrant Workers in the Global Economy in the 92nd session of the Conference in 2004. In relation to the report of the Director General on migration, StreetNet represents a particular group of migrant workers who experience a high level of marginalization and criminalization on daily basis - and that is informal cross-border traders, the majority of whom are women. They face problems at the borders, and once they have crossed the borders, they join other street vendors and informal traders who face daily problems of persecution and discrimination in public spaces in cities and towns.