Celebrating SEWA’s 40 Years
In 1972, the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) was born as a labour union in Ahmedabad with just 600 head loaders, street vendors and home-based stitchers as members. In 2012, as it celebrated 40 years, SEWA had more than 1.4 million dues-paying members across many occupations. SEWA has spread not only into other states in India, but has also become a global movement inspiring the emergence of similar organisations in other countries. Responding to the needs of its members, SEWA has also developed a developmental approach to complement its labour union rights-based struggles. This has given rise to innumerable member-based co-operatives that provide finance, training, capacity building, research, health care, childcare, and housing programmes.
Markets of Warwick Wins a Mayor’s Award for Excellence!
On Friday evening of 7th December 2012, a significant moment and victorious closure to the year was realised for the Markets of Warwick Committee, the informal trading community of Warwick Junction in general, including Asiye eTafuleni (AeT). It was when the Markets of Warwick project received a Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in the tourism category. This is just two and a half years of the project being set-up and having enjoyed the traffic of over 3200 international and local visitors.
The award banquet was held at Durban’s International Convention Centre where a number of shortlisted projects and individuals were in attendance, nominated under different award categories such as ‘tourism’, ‘formal business’ and ‘icon of democracy’. This was the 17th year that the eThekwini Municipality Mayoral Awards has been running. Although the Markets of Warwick tour was not the overall winner of the tourism category, it received a runners-up trophy and cash prize.
Valentyna Korobka, Chairwoman of Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU) wins appeal against evictions in court
On December 27, 2012 Economic Court of Kyiv (Ukrainian capital) denied the claim of eviction of Mrs. Valentyna Korobka from the market “Vyrlutsya” where she worked for 15 years and where she conducts a rather active trade union activity as a Chairwoman of Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (FTUEU).
A conflict between the union leader Valentyna Korobka and the market administration where Valentyna worked lasted since September 2012. Mrs Korobka successfully organised a group of market vendors for negotiations with the administration to address the fixed rent issue and elimination of shadow trade around the market. After that meeting, Valentyna was threatened to not work at the above-mentioned market. Since that time in violation of the Article 206 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine, there were many attempts to oppose Valentyna’s entrepreneurship and obstruction of her union activity started to take place regularly. Later, the administration, even without any fear of witnesses threatened Mrs. Korobka physically.
PAKISTAN - Newspaper hawkers’ ticket to eat
By Ibne Ahmad - The News (December 11, 2012)
These people go to work every day and sell papers and when they get their commission that’s their ticket to eat,” Malik, a newsstand owner says.
Hasan Ali, a newspaper hawker, is seen shouting daily at the traffic signal near Faizabad at the top of his voice “A world of news in a few bucks”. He keeps on repeating this phrase as long as cars stop there and hurriedly hops on to the roadside as the traffic signal goes green. He also does it again as people pass him on their way to work.