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  • Renowned world leaders Mary Robinson and Ela Bhat call on FIFA President to support StreetNet demands
    effect of displacing and depriving local street vendors of both income and benefit They continue We ask that you ensure FIFA s support for StreetNet s practical proposals for social dialogue we believe FIFA should announce by the end of May their support for the Streetnet International proposals that will engender practical economic benefit through inclusive social dialogue The two leaders also offer to meet with the FIFA President to discuss a cohesive and longer term strategy StreetNet International has been campaigning to press South African host cities to establish negotiating forums with the street vendors associations On the occasion of All Africa Day May 25th they are calling on host cities and FIFA to provide opportunities for informal traders who are among the most marginalised and poorest groups in South Africa They risk losing their modest income during the Games because of the FIFA policy of creating exclusion zones Mr Joseph S Blatter52410 Issued by Pat Horn Coordinadora Internacional StreetNet International Tel 27 31 307 4038 Cell 27 76 706 5282 coordinator streetnet org za phaps netactive co za World Class Cities for All Brazil Portuguese Blog There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events It can be found on this link http streetnetbrasil wordpress com Latest Additions Cambodian Trade Unions oppose adoption of a new Trade Union Law Online crowd funding a new experiment of StreetNet International StreetNet affiliate from Azerbaijan helps street vendors in villages and promotes ILO Recommendation 204 Free Trade Unions of Ukraine marked a World Day for Decent Work Nothing for us Without Us NewsBox 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

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  • Women street traders talk about the FIFA World Cup
    Africa and FIFA are saying that the World Cup will benefit everyone in practice many vendors are finding that they will be excluded from the fan parks and public viewing zones Streetnet wants to help strengthen the organisations of street vendors and to set up mechanisms so that the municipalities are obliged to consult with street vendors on any plans which will impact on their lives The interviews aim to get a better understanding of street vendors lives the networks in which they are involved organising issues hopes and expectations about the street vendors association they belong to perceptions about the FIFA World Cup and attitudes from different actors eg local authorities Interview with Mama Thelma Interview with Mama Majola Interview with Mama Ilundus Interview with Mama Julia World Class Cities for All Brazil Portuguese Blog There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events It can be found on this link http streetnetbrasil wordpress com Latest Additions Cambodian Trade Unions oppose adoption of a new Trade Union Law Online crowd funding a new experiment of StreetNet International StreetNet affiliate from Azerbaijan helps street vendors in villages and promotes ILO Recommendation 204 Free Trade Unions of Ukraine marked a World Day for Decent Work Nothing for us Without Us NewsBox 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

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  • "Who`s Feeling It? : Informal traders and the World Cup", by Jennifer Elle Lewis, Gender Links
    a response this week from FIFA to demands made last week at a demonstration outside Soccer City protesting their exclusion from World Cup commerce In the shadow of the Coca Cola tower over 100 informal traders presented a memorandum to FIFA executives who promised a reply within seven days This is not the first such protest in the country Since FIFA passed by laws preventing informal traders from selling near stadiums during the World Cup reserving these sites for FIFA affiliates and corporate sponsors this marginalised group has hit the streets literally http www genderlinks org za page soccer 2010 World Class Cities for All Brazil Portuguese Blog There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events It can be found on this link http streetnetbrasil wordpress com Latest Additions Cambodian Trade Unions oppose adoption of a new Trade Union Law Online crowd funding a new experiment of StreetNet International StreetNet affiliate from Azerbaijan helps street vendors in villages and promotes ILO Recommendation 204 Free Trade Unions of Ukraine marked a World Day for Decent Work Nothing for us Without Us NewsBox 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

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  • Nothing for us without us! Maputo
    to date infrastructure smooth traffic flows and no visible poor people or social problems Municipalities attempt to clean up the streets through slum clearance programmes which often increase the numbers of homeless evict or relocate street vendors and disperse street children vagrants and sex workers Such policies result in greater competition for the few livelihood opportunities remaining and also result therefore in increased incidence of xenophobic attacks against migrant communities The WCCA campaign seeks both to organise and to strengthen the coordination between the most marginalised groups of urban society and to channel and support their demands to the municipal and national authorities The campaign has a particular gender focus as it is women who have less representational space are most likely to loose their livelihoods as street vendors or need protection from trafficking or xenophobic attacks The WCCA campaign has also been launched in India in the context of the Commonwealth Games in 2010 Lessons learned from 2010 will be used in establishing other campaign countries and in the context of the 2014 FIFA Games in Brazil World Class Cities for All Brazil Portuguese Blog There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events It can be found on this link http streetnetbrasil wordpress com Latest Additions Cambodian Trade Unions oppose adoption of a new Trade Union Law Online crowd funding a new experiment of StreetNet International StreetNet affiliate from Azerbaijan helps street vendors in villages and promotes ILO Recommendation 204 Free Trade Unions of Ukraine marked a World Day for Decent Work Nothing for us Without Us NewsBox 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

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=121&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • Maputo: WCCA Campaign Workshop Declaration
    and Conclusion of the ILO Conference 2002 on Decent Work and the Informal Economy Street vendors have a basic set of demands which unite us throughout the world Governments whether at national or municipal level should recognise the economic and social value of street vending and adapt the regulatory framework urban planning schemes small business development programmes policing water sanitation and rubbish disposal services to take into account the needs of street vendors Street vendors through formal or informal systems are subject to licensing fees and taxations If a fair accountable and transparent system of regulation is in place street vendors can contribute but in turn street vendors should be entitled to the benefits that a State provides Street vendors are workers and like every worker are entitled to decent employment including security in terms of workplace spaces social protection including health and accident insurances maternity entitlements disability allowances child care and retirement pensions These are not dreams They can be achieved if governments and municipalities are creative and resourceful and develop mechanisms for social dialogue and negotiation with street vendors organisations That is why one of the basic demands of StreetNet is to establish bargaining forums at municipal level the focus of the campaign which will take place from now until May 25th all Africa Day The FIFA games in South Africa were billed as an opportunity for all Africa and specifically to create jobs social housing and improved public transport in South Africa This workshop has heard testimonies of how the FIFA Local Organising Committee has created exclusion zones around the stadiums fan parks and public viewing areas where only official sponsoring organisations can trade Where does that leave us Where are the opportunities for the South African refugee and migrant communities to benefit from the FIFA games Some municipalities in South Africa are reviewing this decision and seeking to set up spots for street vendors but this has only been because of the concerted pressure of the street vendor organisations and is a case of too little too late It is the big food chains the official sponsoring organizations which are entitled to trade near the Stadiums and their trade will not benefit poor Africans but global capital This workshop demands 1 South African host cities during the FIFA games work with the local vendors organizations representing some of the poorest and most marginalized communities of the urban poor to give them the trading opportunities service delivery and other support they deserve 2 Governments at national and municipal level agree to set up street vendors bargaining forums in order to develop policies and programmes which support street vendors and provide them with social protections 3 Future FIFA agreements and in particular the agreements for the FIFA games in Brazil in 2014 provide specific arrangements to permit local street vendors through their representative organizations to benefit from the trading opportunities the FIFA games offer and to set up bargaining forums in all the host cities World Class Cities

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  • Durban: "Questions over cops seizing traders` goods", The Mercury, Kamini Padayachee
    trade and then gave me a fine and took my clothing Ngema said she was given a warning letter to appear in court on April 27 a public holiday when courts are closed Streetnet referred her case to the Legal Resources that requested further particulars about the charge and it was withdrawn on Tuesday A relieved Ngema said she went to the police station on Wednesday to retrieve her goods The Centre s regional director Mahendra Chetty said the case could point to harassment by metro police Ngema s case is important because it could be similar to others in the informal sector It might be a broader pattern of harassment heading up to the World Cup We have been approached by Streetnet and others who have asked us to investigate the constitutionality of confiscating goods Metro police spokeswoman Joyce Khuzwayo said the officer was within her rights to fine the woman If the woman is supplying goods to someone selling them then she needs a permit But Chetty said that if that was the metro police s attitude then every trader who stopped for a few minutes and put down their goods would need a permit World Class Cities for All Brazil Portuguese Blog There is also a portuguese version of the Blog where one can access personal updates on news and events It can be found on this link http streetnetbrasil wordpress com Latest Additions Cambodian Trade Unions oppose adoption of a new Trade Union Law Online crowd funding a new experiment of StreetNet International StreetNet affiliate from Azerbaijan helps street vendors in villages and promotes ILO Recommendation 204 Free Trade Unions of Ukraine marked a World Day for Decent Work Nothing for us Without Us NewsBox INDIA DP is irreparable scrap it say activists Times of India

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  • International Labour Day, Fair Games, Fair Trade
    the Castle and are waiting for approval The ball is in the City s court to inform us clearly of how the plan to extend opportunities to informal traders will be put into motion he said Jikeka commenting on the conditions being negotiated with the City by the Parade Forum and WCITC said there was concern about the proposed ban on food traders of local South African food by FIFA The ban on local South African food which the City says is a FIFA requirement is a mistake Instead they would like commercial brands to be sold by informal traders That means tourists will not have a chance to enjoy local food and culture and this decision will affect many of the informal traders who sell cooked food Cape Town needs to follow the precedent of Johannesburg that is including a training programme for food traders to meet health standards rather than an imposing a prohibition on locally made food being sold by informal traders Paul Williamson spokesperson for the Economic and Human Development Department tasked with identifying trading sites for informal traders during the FIFA Games said that a decision to extend opportunities to informal traders was taken by the Mayoral Committee It was agreed by the Mayor that firstly the informal traders and urban poor should benefit from the FIFA World Cup Games and secondly informal traders who are displaced during the Games must be provided with an alternative Williamson said that the city has prioritised the Parade traders and that it had also identified trading areas across the municipal area that comply with the Business Act and that have good foot fall passing trade The sites will be near park and ride points at the public viewing venues at soccer training venues along the Fan Walk and near the Fan Park Green Market Square traders will not be affected Williamson said that official approval for the informal trading sites has been obtained and that once the details were made public informal traders would be able to apply for permits to trade during the FIFA Games The decision by Cape Town follows that by Johannesburg which announced in February that it is implementing a plan to extend opportunities to informal traders prioritising those who will lose their trading sites during the Games at soccer stadiums and in the FIFA exclusion zones It has identified sites for trading at the public viewing venues and at park and ride transport points for informal traders Jikeka said the WCCA Campaign urged all host cites to follow the lead of Johannesburg and Cape Town to include the urban poor in the opportunities to earn an income during the Games For more information contact Nkosinathi Jikeka WCCA Campaign organiser Cape Town Cell 071 826 8076 jikekan yahoo com Riedwaan Charles the Interim Chair of the Parade Forum and Western Cape Informal Traders Coalition Cell 083 965 6324 Nora Wintour WCCA Campaign Coordinator e mail norawintour live co uk World Class Cities for All

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=125&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • May Day 2010 is being celebrated just 42 days before the kick-off of the long-awaited African FIFA World Cup
    with the local private sector politicians and government officials starting around 2005 but now rapidly accelerating has excluded workers and informal traders from most of the widely advertised benefits which have been promised to ordinary South Africans other Africans and Indians Instead these mega events have provided opportunities to the already wealthy capitalist class to grasp even greater profits while turning a blind eye to social justice taking advantage of the football frenzy to deflect attention away from effective monitoring of labour standards and observance of the human rights of the most vulnerable social groups many of them women and migrant communities Only militantly organised workers have been able to secure a small slice of these profits The Decent Work towards 2010 campaign of the building Workers International BWI saw the direct intervention of FIFA officials in collective negotiations for wages and working conditions of construction workers in South Africa to avoid public embarrassment and unfinished stadiums and transport infrastructure This secured higher wages for construction workers than the employers were planning to pay Other workers have waged more low key struggles against FIFA and its capitalist allies these are the struggles we want to recognise on this May Day 2010 The National Alliance of Street Vendors of India NASVI will be staging May Day rallies all across India calling on the authorities in all Indian States to celebrate May Day by applying and implementing the National Street Vendors Policy adopted by the national government on 20 January 2004 One of the WCCA Campaign partners the South African Communist Party has launched a timely campaign against corruption which will see workers take to the streets on the 30th April on the eve of May Day 2010 The struggle for World Class Cities for All will only achieve social justice if the cancer of corruption is rooted out both in the public and the private sector as well as in our midst Further we will only see a genuine African FIFA World Cup as promised to the rest of Africa by the South African government in a xenophobia free South Africa On the eve of Freedom Day the apartment of the Deputy Chairperson of the Siyagunda Association a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo and informal worker whose organisation is a WCCA campaign partner was attacked and set alight Police were extremely slow to react in one more example of the lack of political will of the South African authorities to ensure a xenophobia free environment for the FIFA World Cup The working class alliance of WCCA campaign partners calls upon the South African authorities on the eve of the FIFA World Cup and Indian authorities as the Commonwealth Games approach to engage in negotiation and dialogue to ensure genuine inclusion of all workers formal and informal and working class communities in all the promised benefits of the FIFA World Cup and the Commonwealth Games in Delhi eradicate all forms of corruption ensure a xenophobia free environment and an extra

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