Johannesburg informal traders await Constitutional Court ruling
Johannesburg’s lawful informal traders will know by today afternoon whether they will be entitled to go back to their stalls on the streets of the inner city and continue trading, after a morning of argument in the Constitutional Court.
Members of the South African Informal Traders Forum and South African National Traders Retail Association, some of whom have lawfully traded on Johannesburg’s streets for more than 20 years, had been removed as part of the city’s "Operation Clean Sweep" - an initiative to rid the city of illegal hawkers.
After they were turned away by the high court, which struck their case off the roll saying it was not urgent, they went urgently to the Constitutional Court.
The articulation process of the street vendors of Brazil
Over the past two years with a lot of investment and dedication, the World Class Cities for All Brazil campaign has presented a lot of progress towards strengthening the street vendors from the FIFA World Cup Brazilian host cities.
Since 2011, representatives from eight cities which will host the World Cup matches have been meeting and discussing the need of articulation, struggle for rights, recognition of the category and unity. Earlier this year, as a result of the work of political organisation, representatives from various associations and unions of street vendors met in Sao Paulo and decided to create a national organisation. Since then two other regional meetings were held and several virtual meetings gave segment to the discussions, which bore fruit to the so called the National Commission for Street Vendors.
Market vendors unite to protect their rights to work
A primary trade union organisation of the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU) has been recently established in the city of Shostka, Sumy region (Ukraine). People united in the Free Trade Union to defend their right to decent work.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union in Shostka city, as in many other Ukrainian cities, the enterprises began to close, including those that served the defense industry. Only small and medium businesses helped the city to survive after such an economic hit. Then, around four thousand entrepreneurs are the main sources for the formation of the budget of Shostka city. And now the traders of the wholesale - retail market were in need of help due to the municipality evicting them from the territory where they used to sell.
Moldova-Business-Sind conducts “Together we promote gender equality in the world of work” workshop
Moldova-Business-Sind, an affiliate organisation of StreetNet International, conducted the workshop “Together we promote gender equality in the world of work”, which was implemented in the frameworks of the FLOW Project (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women). This was held during the last week of October 2013 in Chisinau, Moldova.
Representatives of Trade Union "SindLUCAS” have been also invited to this workshop in the capacity of partners. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness of union members, members of Women Councils, union activists working in informal economy sector on such topics as: organizing around work, advocacy, bargaining/negotiating, organisational development and gender equality.