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Mass training of street food vendors on food safety and hygiene

New Delhi - More than 500 street food vendors on Monday joined the consultation and mass training program on food safety and hygiene and vowed to build their capacities towards ensuring sustainability of food security, health and nutrition. A large number of livelihood, health, nutrition and development experts including the representatives of World Health Organisation, International Labour Organisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, Delhi Food Safety Department and the municipal executives and health officers of Delhi government also participated in the consultation to emphasize on the critical significance of sustaining food security from streets in a systematic and professionalised way.

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NSSF invites informal sector workers to participate in the National Security Fund in Tanzania

NSSFThe NSSF Informal Sector Operation Officer, Mr Salim Kimaro, extended these commendations in Dar es Salaam during a seminar with entrepreneurs to shed light on the benefits of joining the fund.

The seminar, which was graced by the ISWU Guardian, Mr Ramadhani Madabida, also witnessed the launch of Community Cooperative Micro Insurance (CCMI) whose members will be able to benefit from NSSF products.

“Efforts made to establish this umbrella are crucial due to the fact that people working in the informal sector will be able to join our fund through this umbrella and will benefit from various covers including health and soft loans,” he said.

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International Day For Decent Work

On October 7th, workers around the world and their unions commemorate the Day of Decent Work. In Venezuela we are protesting outside the Public Affairs Ministry to deliver a document to the Attorney General of the Republic, Mrs. LUISA ORGTEGA DIAZ, containing complaints and demands from workers dissenting against the growth of unemployment, and asking for social inclusion, equality of opportunity and treatment on the social security systems available to the poor, with adequate access to health and sufficient retirement funds, for the full enjoyment of basic labor rights, freedom of association, right to collective bargaining and to strike and use democratic dialogue as an instrument of peace and progress. We call for our rights of inclusion and recognition for independent workers in the informal economy, considering it is the day to hold governments firmly to account and demand that they meet the Decent Work Agenda of the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted in 1998 and ratified by the Employment Pact, approved unanimously by the International Labour Conference on June 19, 2009.

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7th October - Day of action

Once more, we celebrate World Day for Decent Work this October 7. Framed in a deep economic and financial crisis worldwide, which has served as a pretext to even more precarious working conditions, job losses, and degraded the lives of millions of people and forced them into poverty.

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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