Call for Support
As an Organization of Self-employed Workers of Guatemala, we empathise with vendors affected by the raging fire which destroyed the La Terminal Market market at zone 4 of Guatemala City. This central market housed an approximately 1600 formal tenants and a similar number of sellers in the surrounds without taking into account hawkers. In this tragedy over 3000 self-employed vendors have lost the product of their efforts, gained with great sacrifice, as well as their income to support their families, leaving many workers in debt. The incident has to be carelessness or malicious behaviour.
In this time of crisis we hope that "politicians and government" do not take advantage of this situation because it is not just to play with the pain and suffering of those affected.
"Transitioning from the Informal to Formal Economy" Africa Regional Consultation Workshop - A way forward for Informal workers
The African Regional Consultation Workshop was held on the 13 -14 March at the COSATU house in Johannesburg. The intention of the workshop was to prepare informal workers on the discussions that will take place at the International Labour Conference (ILC) of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in May-June this year. The workshop was organised by Women in Informal Employment, Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO). The COSATU Vulnerable Workers Task Team hosted the workshop.
Miranda Mandaria discusses women`s rights in informal sector of Georgia
Ms. Miranda Mandaria, the chairwoman of Self-Employed and Commercial workers union and GTUC Woman Network Coordinator, Eter Matureli discuss women`s rights in the program "geography of labor". They talk about the difference between the public sector employed woman and their labor rights and the informal sector employed woman labor rights. Although the changes which were made in labor code, they are a number of problems.
The changes of labor code fail to protect the rights of employed woman properly, that`s why it`s needed to ratify the ILO Convention 183 and to comply Georgian legislation with the ILO Conventions 100 and 111 which have been already ratified by country and which will help women to protect their rights of motherhood as long as they having better conditions during pregnancy and afterwards.
Solidarity with members FUTRAND, Venezuela
Message from StreetNet President - Oscar Silva
To all members of our affiliate in Venezuela, we express our solidarity with FUTRAND at this difficult time. Through the experiences collected from our sector worldwide, we know that street vendors and market vendors are often between "two fires" and they are the most vulnerable to situations of state instability and violence.
We also know that our sector has a lot of resistance, dynamism and strength to face challenges. We send our support, so you achieve peaceful resolution of the conflict. Your country has accomplished a lot for the needy and there are forces resisting the necessary changes; however, you do not doubt that our sector vote for peace and positive change for everybody, especially the most needy groups.