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  • Cooperation between Solidarity Center & Streetnet International: Programme launch in Tanzania and Zimbabwe
    of the program The Solidarity Center s Regional Program Director for Africa Imani  Countess and StreetNet International Coordinator Pat Horn also took an active part in the meeting This meeting was held according to the following programme Day One Welcome and Introductions Meeting expectations Understanding StreetNet International Understanding TUICO and its operating environment Understanding ZCIEA and its environment Collecting Bargaining Day Two Collective Bargaining Becoming Familiar with Available Educational Materials Formalization of Informal Economy Day Three Promoting Participation Bargaining and Formalization for Urban Informal Workers in Tanzania and Zimbabwe Program Implementation Program Summary RACI Matrix Budget Reporting Day Four Understanding Solidarity Center Review of the meeting Programme  Launch The meeting provided a better understanding of the Program and the ILO s core labor standards such as freedom of association among informal economy workers on which The Solidarity Center is working with StreetNet International in Tanzania and in Zimbabwe This program will last for two years 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

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=717&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • NATIONAL WORKSHOP TO IMPROVE THE MANAGEMENT OF FAINATRASIT IN TOGO
    presence of Mr Akiti Dosseh Secretary General of the City council Catherine TOUBLOU President of FAINATRASIT jumped on the opportunity to issue the demand that the collaboration between the local government and the organizations of the informal economy know a clear and effective improvement The participants discussed of the administrative management of FAINATRASIT the good governance the collective bargaining in the informal economy the management of the Focal Point of StreetNet in West Central Africa They also discussed the contents of the Recommendation 204 of the ILO International Labor Organization adopted in June 2015 which concerns the transition of the informal economy towards the formal economy The participants developed a work plan to improve the management of FAINATRASIT The plan is particularly about the preparation and the holding of the next General Assembly of FAINATRASIT in a year time The workshop was facilitated by the Organizer of StreetNet Sibailly Douhouré and by the Secretary General of SYVEMACOT Komi Mensanh Kesouagni member of the International Council of StreetNet The workshop took place in the hotel Le Grand of Tsévié from 18 till 19 August 2015 FAINATRASIT is an umbrella organization which groups 23 associations and unions of the informal economy including mainly the musicians the tailors the hairdressers the jewelers the street and market vendors the electricians mechanics sculptors wooden workers joiners masons etc Let us get acquainted with the big market of Tsévié Situated in the center of the city the market of Tsévié welcomes approximately 4000 people every Friday market day and between 1000 and 1500 people the other days We find especially farm produces and other consumer goods there The market is managed by a Committee elected for 3 years The president of the Committee Mrs BANISSAN Akou and 10 colleagues attended the workshop A new market is under construction and will be delivered in 2016 this market is built on 10 hectares with sheds a center for the children and a health center The new market will be enclosed contrary to the current one 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

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=716&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • South Africa celebrates National Woman`s Day - 9 August
    marks on society bringing in change initiating agendas launching ideas and being the real mothers of invention The cliché you hit a woman you hit a rock resonates with each passing day Anyone ignoring this profound statement does so at his peril for while we are the fairer gender we most certainly are not the weaker gender Our roles in in our families and in society are defined by purpose duty and personal circumstances and not by medieval perceptions You need to take up your positions at the helms of industry alongside your male counterparts reassured in the knowledge that you are not inferior but equal and in many instances superior Women of SAITA and all over my message to you for this auspicious month is Recognise your potential Stand up to oppression and say NO MORE Seek knowledge for knowledge is power Mobilise yourselves for together we are formidable Today in South Africa women are empowered by legislative decree However and understandably we find it difficult to comprehend This is particularly applicable to women in the informal economy who struggle daily to put food upon their tables clothe their children and if they re lucky buy something for themselves But there is light at the end of the dark tunnel Government has recognised our contribution to the economy and have begun rolling out programs which seek to improve our lives I T U P is one such program which has demonstrated a great measure of success and we commend Minister Lindiwe Zulu for initiating it I have no doubt that many more will follow Ladies we constitute upwards of 70 of the informal economy we are therefore the major shareholders This is power Recognise it While many municipalities and local authorities still do not recognise our significance we shall continue our drive to educate them with the help of government In many instances you are the bread winners Don t feel bad about that feel proud We are the bedrock upon which humanity is built upon We give life to mankind We are the mothers of the nation Aluta Continua Rosheda Muller 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

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=715&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • Country Programme in Liberia
    a group of social enterprises involving waste pickers CBE StreetNet and NAPETUL are the international and local counterparts of Cities Alliance partner WIEGO Women in the Informal Economy Globalization and Organizing in the sector of street vendors and informal traders and would strive at all times to work in solidarity and partnership with the sector of waste pickers SDI and their local counterparts Duration The activities will start in January 2016 and take end at December 2020 Scope The Project will impact Greater Monrovia including 2 cities 9 Townships 1 borough Strategy The strategy is based on the following three pillars Equity i e equitable economic growth which means inclusive of the informal economy in cities Gender equality involving women directly in programmatic work in cities and gearing programmes to women s needs Partnerships as the principal way of getting the work done Activities Negotiations skills training StreetNet organiser will provide training to NAPETUL leadership in negotiations skills using participatory methods developed by WIEGO and StreetNet and already tested in many of StreetNet s affiliates This training will include planning for upcoming negotiations with different structures of Greater Monrovia at all levels Negotiations mentoring StreetNet organiser will mentor and guide NAPETUL leadership in different stages of negotiation about the abovementioned purpose and context including Starting with exercising Clause 9 of the already existing Memorandum of Understanding between the MMC MOCI and NAPETUL to negotiate for modifications which have been identified as being necessary in discussions between StreetNet and NAPETUL leadership Considering the possibility and feasibility of a similar Memorandum of Understanding between NAPETUL and Paynesville City and other relevant partners to such MoU and initiating processes to achieve this Consulting with NAPETUL members to gather mandates and proposals with regard to proposed infrastructure development and community upgrading initiatives as well as inclusive economic growth initiatives Consulting with the LMA Liberia Market Association in preparation for negotiations where their members are also potentially affected Assessment of negotiations progress and providing guidance on planning strategies for moving forward Convening joint consultations with other partners involved in the overall context whenever deemed necessary for better coordination of outcomes Preparation and distribution of progress reports WIEGO and StreetNet will assist in compiling user friendly progress reports of developments for distribution to street vendors and informal traders to facilitate knowledge sharing at all levels through the process Information Please note that representatives of Cities Alliance met with leadership of NAPETUL in February 2015 to better understand their current and planned response 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

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=714&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204)
    for use of public space and access to public natural resources provides for freedom of association and collective bargaining for informal workers provides for social protection including extension of social insurance coverage and occupational health and safety for informal workers provides for gender equality and elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence including gender based violence acknowledges that membership based organizations of informal workers should be represented in tri partite negotiations consultations on issues affecting them states that labour inspection should be extended to protect informal workers recognizes that during the transition existing livelihoods should be preserved and improved provides for the collection of statistics on the informal workforce NOT SO GOOD The crucial role of local government in implementing policies and laws for many informal workers is not spelt out Mention is only made of all levels of government Direct representation of informal worker MBOs in tri partite forums is limited to being within the ranks of the traditional trade union delegations It is also according to national practice As most national practices exclude informal worker representation this might prevent change There are clauses about enforcing laws and regulations and sanctioning non compliance These could be used as an excuse to harass and criminalize informal workers Compiled by Chris Bonner WIEGO June 2015 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

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=713&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • FTUEU holds protest action in Kyiv to oppose imposing of cash register machines
    of taxes regardless of the difference between revenues and expenditures Thus simplified tax system in fact would become not available for most entrepreneurs who use it nowadays They would have to spend a lot of money and their time on solving issues related to the tax system and cash register machines they could be permanently under threat of heavy fines for minor mistakes extortion by corrupt tax collectors and just unable to work due to technical problems with the cash register machines Entrepreneurs and knowledgeable citizens including some politicians see in such an attempt to enter the following cash register machines vested interests and anti competitive collusion of big business which has a strong lobby in the government and parliament of Ukraine On July 1 2015 Verkhovna Rada Parliament of Ukraine voted for partial satisfaction of the entrepreneurs demands Category of entrepreneurs who will have to have the cash register machines was significantly narrowed Entrepreneurs are not really satisfied with such result as instead of the Bill number 1718 another compromised draft Bill was adopted But a lot of entrepreneurs can really relief now Of course the result could be much better if entrepreneurs activity was bigger However in Ukraine where there is a war with a powerful enemy for independence active people are focused on the defense the army and are very tired Many entrepreneurs are forced to directly defend the country Therefore it s very difficult to mobilize people for any economic and social protest actions During the protest actions entrepreneurs held extensive discussions and even with involvement of authorities Such valuable assistance for Ukrainian colleagues was provided by StreetNet International Secretary UPTA representative Cesar Garcia Arnal In his conversation with the StreetNet Organizer for Europe and Asia Oksana Abboud and FTUEU Vice President Leonid Tonkovyd he described in details the working conditions of small business in Spain as well as the positive and negative aspects of the use of cash register machines in holding businesses Cesar s information really helps Ukrainian entrepreneurs to defend normal and decent working conditions Ukrainian officials declare that they are trying to create conditions similar to the European often using the phraseology corruption and anti competitive decision 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

    Original URL path: http://streetnet.org.za/show.php?id=712&lang=eng (2016-01-31)
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  • SYTRIECI, a new African Organisation, accepted as part of the StreetNet International Family
    in that sector Sensitize and train independent workers of informal economy about laws regulating labor Advocate for the social protection rights Sensitize the workers on the importance of making the coperatives Educate the women to create jobs in many domains SYTRIECI has a vision to protect and promote the rights of workers in the informal economy with the view of improving their living and working conditions The main focus is marginalised poor women without the means to organise themselves in cooperatives and also male traders who are interested to become members of cooperatives SYTRIECI engaged in many activities such as creating the mini local market and street venders creating vocational activities ie generating incomes like tailoring workshops in finance entrepreneurship and human rights elaborating and managing small projects guidance and counseling for the several vulnerable categories and advocacy at several levels For more information please contact StreetNet organiser Sibailly M douhoure mdouhoure yahoo fr 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

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  • International Labour Organization adopts historical labour standard to tackle the Informal Economy
    on transitions from the informal to the formal economy This recommendation can potentially become an effective tool in improving the lives of street vendors and informal traders around the world The recommendation will be an official guideline which governments can use to address the needs of the informal workers The new labour standard provides strategies and practical guidance on policies and measures that can facilitate the transition from the informal to the formal economy Formalisation must offer benefits and protections not simply imposing the costs of becoming formal It must restore the universal rights from which workers in the informal economy who have been marginalised by the neo liberal model of governance over the past 40 years and reintegrate them into legal and regulatory frameworks said Horn Over the years we ve seen a growing consensus between governments workers and employers that the right thing to do is to move people from an informal to a formal employment situation We know it is not easy we know that these are processes are complicated and take time but the great value of this Recommendation is that we now have an international framework of guidance to help member States bring this about said ILO Director General Guy Ryder The new international standard provides guidance for member States to Facilitate the transition of workers and economic units from the informal to the formal economy while respecting workers fundamental rights and ensuring opportunities for income security livelihoods and entrepreneurship Promote the creation preservation and sustainability of enterprises and decent jobs in the formal economy and the coherence of macroeconomic employment social protection and other social policies and prevent the informalisation of formal economy jobs Transition of informal to formal economy should be a continuous process to ensure proper integration Governments need to also work with informal workers so there is no unnecessary red tape for the informal workers as this would make their ability to work even more difficult Many of the informal workers are in these positions due to the fact there is a shortage of work and poverty More than half of the world s workforce is estimated to be trapped in the informal economy which is marked by the denial of rights at work the absence of sufficient opportunities for quality employment inadequate social protection a lack of social dialogue and low productivity all of which constitutes a significant obstacle to the development of sustainable enterprises The new Recommendation acknowledges that most people enter the informal economy not by choice but due to a lack of opportunities in the formal economy and an absence of any other means of livelihood ENDS For more information please contact Sharon Pillay StreetNet Media and Publicity Officer sharonpillay847 gmail com 0722577317 Further Notes Pat Horn is a International Coordinator of StreetNet StreetNet is an international federation of 52 organisations of street vendors informal market vendors and hawkers in 46 countries in Africa the Americas Asia and Eastern Europe representing 567 464 paid up members Most

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