Indian parliament passes Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill
New Delhi - More than ten million urban street vendors found sufficient reason to cheer with the upper house of Indian parliament passing the much-awaited Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill. The bill was passed in the Lok Sabha last year. After the assent of the president, it would be the first forward looking progressive central legislation any country has ever legislated in favour of street vendors.
The Bill has several provisions to protect livelihood, social security and human rights of those more than ten million urban street vendors who have been facing several barriers and onslaughts of the municipal bodies and the police across cities and towns of India.
South African Business licensing bill Progress Update
The South African Traders Alliance and StreetNet International are part of a Task Team of the Department of Trade and Industries to determine the feasibility of this bill and to recommend a way forward.
The bill of 18 March 2013 has been withdrawn and work is in progress to develop a new or revised bill. According to Department of Trade and Industries (DTI) Minister, Dr Rob Davies, the initial bill was intended as an instrument to address "unfair competition from illegally operating businesses" which sometimes provides a cover for activities such as money laundering, sale of counterfeit goods, etc.
Ukrainian trade union leader, Valentyna Korobka assaulted
StreetNet International expresses their concern about Ukrainian leader, Sister Valentyna Korobka who has on a number of occasions been assaulted verbally and physically due to her active civic position and trade union activity in Ukraine.
Last Friday, 7 February 2014, an unknown male attacked Valentyna Korobka, who is the Chairwoman of the Free trade union of entrepreneurs of Ukraine (VPPU). According to Korobka, this happened because of her civic position, trade union activity, and her active participation on the Kyiv EuroMaidan protest action.
At the end of November 2013, after the Ukrainian officials did not sign the Association Agreement with European Union, the EuroMaidan protest started thereafter to voice the people’s dissatisfaction. The protest action takes place at Maidan (Independent Square in Kyiv) where the town gathers for important events.
Valentyna Korobka, has been an active contributor of protest actions in the center of Ukrainian capital, Kiev since its inception. She has organised strikes for traders/entrepreneurs of capital markets. The market traders closed their stalls to go to Maidan to attend these protests. Korobka also regularly organises gathering support for the protesters.
Overview of SEWA in Madhya Pradesh and their activities
Self - Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) MP has been working in Madhya Pradesh since 1985, and has been recently working in 19 districts of state with more than 6 lakh unorganised sector woman workers. They are working with construction workers, street vendors, home based workers (beedi rollers, agarbatti rollers, garment workers etc.), forest workers, agricultural labours and domestic workers of the informal sector woman workers.
They organise female members, creating awareness, and mobilising them about their rights as a woman and as a worker. SEWA is involved in rallies, picketing, capacity building of woman members, policy advocacy, negotiation with administration about their wages, basic amenities, linking them with social security schemes, developing IEC materials, surveys , research and cultural activities.