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.

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"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.

Representatives from the International Domestic Workers Federation give a thumbs up for the WIEGO Workshop. They imparted valuable advice based on their own experiences

Of course there was shopping! Pictured from left is Thandiwe Xulu, from SASWEA, South Africa. She also trades. Loving the bead work is Inviolata Chinyangarara, a senior specialist in worker activities in the ILO

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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.

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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.

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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