Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Ghana StreetNet Alliance march for rights and social security on International Street Vendors Day

March through Accra on 14th November -International Street Vendors Day 
Promoting Social Dialogue, Creating Jobs, Calling for Social Dialogue









Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Chile SINTRALOC celebra el dia internacional en la Alameida Plaza Principal de Santiago de Chile


SINTRALOC, anfitrión del Congreso de StreetNet en 2013, celebró el día internacional de los vendedores y vendedoras ambulantes con una manifestación nutrida en la Plaza Principal del Capital, Santiago de Chile, y con música y festejos.  Se destacó la participación de la juventud en el evento.














Sunday, 2 December 2012

Togo: une protection sociale pour tous, un élément de développement de l’économie informelle



Pour marquer le 14 novembre, le Syndicat des Vendeurs de Matériaux de Construction du Togo (SYVEMACOT) en collaboration avec la Faitière Nationale des Travailleurs du Secteur Informel (FAINATRASIT) a organisé une causerie suivie de débat au tour du thème : « une protection sociale pour tous, un élément de développement de l’économie informelle ». Le débat a regroupé près de 250 vendeurs, vendeuses, artisans et les corps de métier de l’économie informelle dont environs 197femmes.
250 vendeurs fêtent le 14 novembre!
Le programme da été présenté par le secrétaire général du SYVEMACOT, Monsieur Komi Mensanh KESSOUAGNI, suivi par les mots de bienvenue de la présidente de FAINATRASIT, Madame TOUBLOU Mawussi Yawa. Dans ses mots, la présidente a montré l’importance de la protection sociale à travers ses différentes prestations qui permettent de supporter une partie des frais médicaux en général, mais aussi d’assurer les vieux jours du travailleur avant passer la main au communicateur.


Monsieur Gilbert ADOMEY, le coordonnateur régional de l’institut national  d’assurance maladie (INAM) qui a animé la causerie-débat porté sur problématique de la protection sociale. L’orateur a expliqué ce qu’est la protection sociale, son utilité, ses prestations, les différentes modalités dans la  mise en œuvre de la protection sociale entre autres. Il a relevé que la protection sociale doit être une réalité dans le secteur informel dans la mesure où les acteurs de ce secteur sont plus exposés que les travailleurs du secteur formel. Il a poursuivi que l’assurance sociale réponde  mieux au secteur informel. En conséquence il a lancé un appel aux acteurs de ce secteur de se tourner vers les mutuelles de santé; les questions qui ont suivi cette présentation montrent à suffisance que le message passé est bien reçu. 

La représentante du Directeur Général chargé de la délégation à l’organisation du secteur informel (DOSI) a salué l’initiative, et a réitéré la disponibilité de son institution a accompagné les travailleurs du secteur informel à accéder à la protection sociale tout en renforçant les mutuelles de santé existante et accélérer la création d’autres. Il a  lancé un appel aux acteurs pour une adhésion massive au Projet d’Appui au Développement du Secteur Privé (PADSP) qui vise la formation de deux mille micros entrepreneurs.
       

Komi Mensanh KESSOUAGNI
Secrétaire Général du SYVEMACOT


Saturday, 24 November 2012

Brazil: 14th November widely covered in trade union media

In Brazil, we sent the leaflets to the partners (UGT, CUT, CGGDH, PSI, FES, BWI and the Popular Committee of those Affected by the World Cup) and to our many contacts in the street vendors organisations of the host cities. We wrote a letter to all the newly  elected city mayors of the host cities - there are 11 Mayors who were elected at the end of October- and requested the street vendors  organisations to try and arrange a meeting with the new Mayors to hand them the letter personally.  The letter was an adaptation of the letter we sent earlier to the 84 Mayoral candidates and it contained the same set of demands which  we had already put to FIFA earlier this year.

Mayor of Porto Alegre receives StreetNet letter with our 3 demands 
We have received responses from the street vendors' organisations from Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte and Salvador, who told us the good news that the Mayors had agreed to meet them!  This is a real victory as they are large cities and the Mayors have substantive powers. We have already received news from ASFERAP in Porto Alegre and Salvador about their meeting.

The mayor from Salvador has also replied to our email saying he was aware of the International Street Vendors Day,  and that he would carefully study  the letter.

In Rio, we invited the street vendors leadership for a breakfast at the Centre for Working Women (CAMTRA)  and we had a nice and informal conversation. They suggested creating a  carnival section  of the street vendors in Rio!!  We distribute the t-shirts, the leaflet and we gave our women leaders flowers in recognition of their struggle for justice.  The team from CAMTRA joined us in the conversation. 




Information about the International Street Vendors Day was put up in a number of important websites:


In the CUT website
http://www.cut.org.br/acontece/22733/14-de-novembro-dia-internacional-do-vendedor-a-ambulante
In the BWI website
http://brazil.bwint.org/?p=1031
In the Manuas Popular Committee of those Affected by the World Cup (Comite Popular da Copa de Manaus)
http://fpcopa2014manaus.blogspot.com.br/2012/11/na-vespera-do-dia-internacional-dos.html
In the facebook of the MNCR- catadores
http://www.facebook.com/catadores
And in theTUCA /CSA website
http://economiainformal.csa-csi.org/2012/11/14/hoy-es-el-dia-internacional-de-vendedoras-y-vendedores-ambulantes/


Report from Maira Vanucchi, WCCA Coordinator in Brazil and Nora Wintour StreetNet Campaigns Coordinator

Thursday, 22 November 2012

South Africa:UBAMBANO and StreetNet mark International Street Vendors Day


Umbumbano Traders Alliance, an affiliate of StreetNet, celebrated last Wednesday at the Durban City Hall. The hall was packed with hundreds people who attended this event. There were songs, dances and poetry from entertainers who belong to the informal sector.  
 
 Harassments must be immediately suspended until an agreed process is formed between Ubumbano and the various municipalities in the province,” said Mzwandile Mavula, Ubumbano Secretary.
 
Representatives from the local government were present including business support and the South Africa Municipal Workers Union and the South African Communist Party.

Mavula also talked about how Social Protection Floors play an important role for informal workers and traders. Countries have to commit to a sustained focus on programmes for the poorer people, with plans and budgets allocated for serious implementation.  The social protection floor was spoken about in detail and is based on a package of basic securities which is proper healthcare, food security, child care and public infrastructure. 
 
'One of the resolutions of the meeting is for Ubumbano to have a service centre that focuses on those areas and where informal workers can visit if they need help. ” he said



 

LIberia: Central Bank Governor meets street vendors on occasion of International Street Vendors Day - a first time for StreetNet affiliates!

Comfort Doryon, Chair of NAPETUL, with the Governor the Central Bank of Liberia, Dr. Mill Jones and the Deputy Governor on the Occasion of International Street Vendors Day! 
Nothing for us without us!
14th November March of Street Vendors through Monrovia to celebrate International Street Vendors Day

 It's not every day that a Central Bank Governor and his Deputy have time to go out on the streets to meet an organisation of street vendors.  But in Liberia, it has happened!  Let's hope that more Central Bank Governors take inspiration from this achievement in Liberia where government and bankers are concerned to listen to the needs of street vendors.

SIVARA Argentina: Conmemoración del Día Internacional de Vendedores Ambulantes



SIVARA, Argentina celebró el 14 de Noviembre con una conferencia 
sobre los pisos de protección social ademas de una gran marcha 
a través de las zonas centrales de Buenos Aires.
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SIVARA, Argentina, celebrated the 14th November with a conference 
on social protection floors as well as a big march 
through the central zone of the capital, Buenos Aires.
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SIVARA, Argentine, a célébré le 14 novembre avec une conférence 
sur le thème des socles de protection sociale ainsi qu'une grande défilé 
a travers la zone centrale de la capitale, Buenos Aires.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Guinee: CNTG - Celebration de la Journee Internationale des Vendeuses et Vendeurs de Rue




 Salutations cordiales
Madeleine Tounkara



HONDURAS: 3 FEDERACIONES UNIDAS PARA DEMANDAR APROBACION DE LA LEY De TRABAJADORES DE CUENTA PROPIA

Estamos trabajando en la campaña realizando una serie de actividades :

PRIMERO: Mandamos a imprimir 224 camisetas con el mensaje alusivo al Décimo  aniversario de STREETNET INTERNACIONAL, respaldando la campaña; declarando el día 14 de noviembre: DIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA VENDEDORA Y VENDEDOR AMBULANTE.

SEGUNO:Hemos sacado un cintío en el Periódico El Libertador.
TERCERO: Acordamos tres Federaciones Nacionales FOTSSIEH, FENTAEH y ANAVIH, sacar un campo pagado pagina completa en un Diario Nacional que hoy ya salio publicado en la Tribuna, manifestándonos

1.- Demandamos del gobierno la aprobación de la Ley para el ordenamiento e inclusión de los trabajadores y trabajadoras por cuenta propia; inclusión en la seguridad social, acceso a crédito, capacitación, asesoría técnica y jurídica.
2.- Celebramos junto con STREETNET  INTERNACIONAL, su decimo Aniversario .
3.- Respaldamos la campaña para la declaración del 14 de noviembra DIA INTERNACIONAL DE LA VENDEDORA Y VENDEDOR AMBULANTE.
4.- Hacemos un llamado a todas/os  las/los que hacemos una actividad por cuenta propia, para generar el sustento diario, que organicemos la Red Nacional para celebrar desde este catorce de noviembre el Dia Nacional del Trabajador y trabajadora por cuenta propia, ademas para que nos unamos para exigir la aprobacion de nuestra ley.
5.  Hoy en horas de la tarde 2:00 PM. en San Pedro Sula, desarrollaremos una conferencia de prensa ,allí entregaremos las camisetas a los asistentes, bocadillos y un pastel que partiremos alusivo al 10mo Aniversario de STREETNET INTERNACIONAL,  porque están prohibidas las manifestaciones o mitines públicos por el silencio declarado por el Tribunal Supremo Electoral, ya que el domingo serán las Elecciones Primarias.



Saludos compañeras y compañeros y muchas felicidades , hasta la victoria siempre.

EUGENIO RODRIGUEZ OBANDO
SRIO GENERAL FOTSSIEH.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Presidente de StreetNet festeja la lucha, unidad y solidaridad/ StreetNet President celebrates our struggle, unity and solidarity

Estimados Compañeras y Compañeros,

Considero que todos y cada uno de los afiliados a STREETNET INTERNATIONAL hemos practicado democráticamente los festejos de un nuevo aniversario y también hemos festejado por primera ves en la historia el DÍA MUNDIAL DEL VENDEDOR AMBULANTE.

Y a partir de ello, todos los vendedores del mundo debemos unificar la lucha,los proyectos de inclusión social y la libertad de trabajo,porque  nuestra  bandera debe estar en lo mas alto,y debemos ratificar nuestra clase de trabajadores unidos y solidarios.

Tomemos como un claro ejemplo esta lucha de los compañeros uruguayos que hizo que los malos funcionarios den marcha atrás en el desalojo masivo contra mas de 200  vendedoras y vendedores de la feria principal. (Véanse abajo)

Los abrazo a todos los compañeros del mundo,en el abrazo fraternal que envió al compañero Fernando Gallardo.

OSCAR SILVA
Presidente, StreetNet Internacional  

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Brothers and Sisters, Comrades,

I consider that all the affiliates of STREETNET INTERNATIONAL have democratically celebrated our anniversary and for the first time in our history, the International Day of Street Traders.

And from now on, all the vendors of the world must unite in the struggle for social inclusion  and for the freedom to work. Our banner must fly high and we must reaffirm that we are united and work in solidarity to support our class of workers.

Let us take as a clear example this struggle of the Uruguayan brothers and sisters who have succeeded in making ill-disposed officials step back from a massive eviction of 200 traders, both men and women,  from the main market. (See below)

I greet all our brothers and sisters throughout the world, in the words and fraternal greeting of our brother, Fernando Gallardo.

OSCAR SILVA
President, StreetNet International


URUGUAY: ENTRE TODOS PODEMOS/TOGETHER WE CAN

 14 de noviembre 2012

Compañeros: hoy festejamos este gran día para los vendedores callejeros del planeta de la mejor manera: luchando. 

En estos días acabamos de frenar un nuevo intento de reducción de nuestra fuente laboral de la manera mas brutal: aplicándonos un reglamento desconocido por nosotros. Mas de 200 bajas de puestos que nosotros rechazamos y en pie de lucha logramos revertir, precisamente en estas horas. La amargura de estos días por parte de nuestras familias nos aguó la conmemoración prevista para hoy, pero el desenlace victorioso, precisamente en estos instantes, será nuestro principal aporte a la mejor gloria de Street Net International.
Salud a todas las organizaciones hermanadas en esta organización mundial!!!
Salud a Street Net Internacional!!!
ENTRE TODOS PODEMOS!!!! ES NUESTRA CONSIGNA
por los vendedores callejeros del Uruguay
por la Asociación de Feriantes de Ferias Especiales
Fernando Gallardo
Presidente
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Brothers and sisters: today we celebrate our great day for street vendors of the world in the very best manner: fighting for our rights! 
We have managed to block another brutal attempt to reduce the number of work place by implementing a regulation that was unknown previously.  More than 200 posts were due to be cancelled which we rejected and through our struggle we have managed to overturn the decision- precisely today.  The bitterness that our families felt had dampened the spirit of the commemoration planned for today but with this victorious outcome, and in this very moment, it will be our main contribution to the better glory of StreetNet International.

Greetings to all the fraternal organisations of our global organisation! 

Greetings to StreetNet International! 

TOGETHER WE CAN!  It is our slogan for the street vendors of Uruguay.

Association of Market Traders
Fernando Gallardo
President

Kenya: KENASVIT members raise their demands

KENASVIT affiliates celebrated International Street Vendors
Day with pomp and colour. Some organised a massive clean 
up of trading areas while others took 
the opportunity to rise their demands and fight for
recognition with the local authorities.

 

 

Bangladesh: Human Chain to Demand a Street Vendors Law






A " Street Vendors Human Chain" was held at in front of National Press Club, Dhaka on the occasion of International Street Vendors Day orgnised by the Labour in the  Informal Economy (LIE).

Leaders of national trade union centers (Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress-BFTUC) and OSHE personals joined this event. Total participants were: 200 (around 40 % were female).

Greetings from Mozambique!

Bom dia a todos pelo grande dia dos vendedores ambulantes e 10 anos da
StreetNet internacional eu passei o dia fora do Pais estive na
República da Zâmbia na `LO Norway  Youth Conference` representando
a OTM-CS, onde tive oportunidade de anunciar a data e e festejar com
eles. mas também fiquei feliz por saber que no meu pais muita coisa
aconteceu em relação a data  estou recolhendo as informações para
depois partilhar convosco.
 
Good day to everyone on the great day of street vendors and the 10th Anniversary 
of StreetNet International.  I spent the day in Zambia at the LO-Norway 
youth conference representing the Mozambican Organisation of Workers (OTM) where
I had the opportunity  to commemorate the date with them.  I was also very pleased 
to know that in my country there were many events happening about the International
Street Vendors Day.  I am collecting the information to forward to you soon. 



Armindo from ASSOTSI, Mozambique

GRAN FORO en LIMA, Peru :10MO. ANIVERSARIO DE STREETNET INTERNATIONAL



  • Este 14 de Noviembre del 2012, se celebró el 10mo. Aniversario de Streetnet International. En Lima Perú, nuestra Federación Departamental FEDEVAL realizo un gran FORO METROPOLITANO por este motivo.Este acto de ceremonia protocolar, contó con la digna presencia de distinguidas personalidades; estuvo en representación de la alcaldesa de Lima, la gerente de Desarrollo Empresarial Carmen Vildoso Chirinos; Carmen Roca Miock directora de WIEGO para América Latina; también se hizo presente, asimismo, Abelardo Vildoso Chirinos Director de la ONG - ADEC- ATC, el Sr. Julio C Bazán Figueroa, Presidente de la CUT Perú, Guillermo Pérez Herrera director de PROSEI; Patricia Balda de ISCOD Perú, Katia Hurtado dirigente de la Cut; y compartiendo la mesa de honor la Sra.  Luz Maldonado Velásquez, secretaria de organización de FEDEVAL habló en representación de las mujeres trabajadoras del sector y finalizando, brindó su saludo al 10mo. aniversario de Streetnet, pidiendo a los asistentes brindar un homenaje póstumo a nuestra compañera BEAUTY BUGIJIMA desaparecida en un trágico accidente; Manuel Sulca Escalante Secretario General de la FEDEVAL, tuvo a su cargo la alocución central en este día. la moderación de este acto, estuvo a cargo de Marcial Guillermo Pérez Herrera. Como organizaciones invitadas; FENAREP (recicladores); CONFIAR (vendedores ambulantes).
  • El evento contó con mas 80 participantes de los distrito de Lima Cercado; San Martin de Porres; la Victoria; La parada y GAMARRA; Comas, Carabayllo; Puente Piedra; independencia; Ancón; Rímac; El Agustino; Magdalena; Jesús María.
  • FEDEVAL – PÉRU
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  • 14 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2012

Malawi: Radios awash with news about International Street Vendors Day

Blantyre City Asembly Director of Planning receives petition from Mhango, MUFIS

Malawi Union for Informal Sector (MUFIS)  with its membership and partners joined their friends in the world for the first time celebrating International Street Vendors Day in style under the theme of street vendors are workers with the same right to organization, representation and social protection as other workers. They marched a distance of one kilometre to present a petition to Chief Executive Officer of the City Council of Blantyre while songs were sung loud and clear. The petition was presented to the council and after that the council arranged a place in the Mayor's Chamber where they could hear the contents of the petition and it was read by the President as follows:  

Marching through Blantyre City

On the steps of Blantyre City Council


14th November, 2012

The Chief Executive Officer,
Civic Offices
Private Bag 67
Blantyre

Dear Sir,

PETITION TO LOCAL COUNCIL AUTHORITIES ON INTERNATIONAL STREET VENDORS DAY

We refer to the above subject matter. Malawi Union for Informal Sector with its membership and partners all over the world are celebrating the vendors’ day today which markers the 10th anniversary of StreetNet International for the first time. The theme of this year is street vendors are workers with the same right to organization, representation and social protection as other workers. During this celebration we would like to request your good offices to look and address our issues as follows:

CONCERNS
         Lack of good markets and a lot of people sell their commodities under harsh conditions such as hot sun, rains and without benches.
         Lack of toilets, storage houses, dust bins, piped water, security and fence.
         Lack of consultation when the market fee is being adjusted upwards.
         Lack of nursery schools at markets where children could be put/in classes and learn while mothers/fathers are selling their commodities.
         Lack of market clinics, where pregnant women, anti natal could be administered and HIV/AIDS patients could get treatment
         Rivers passing through the markets are polluted and sticky for example Mudi passing through Blantyre market, Limbe passing through Limbe market
NEEDS AND DEMANDS
         Build more markets to accommodate all vendors
         Provide good water, storage, security, dust bins, toilets and wall fence
         Councils must stop confiscating goods from vendors
         Vendors must be consulted on all the issues affecting them through MUFIS
         Provide soft loans for empowerment through the banks, and provide banks at the markets for savings
         Provide social protection policy schemes to vendors / self - employed people
         Provide clinics and nursery schools at the markets.
         Amend the laws and bye laws so that they should match with current Republican constitution, democracy and trade systems.
         Provide accountable security to all markets so that if goods are stolen vendors should be compensated;
         Our members should not be harassed when crossing the borders with their goods.

"We estimated that the whole ceremony would take us 15 to 20 minutes but after hearing the contents of the petition, the council officials were moved and it took two and half hours, responding one by one.  They agreed with our petition and promised that they will invite MUFIS to a meeting where all the items on the petition will be discuss item by item. But immediately they  said that

(1) they will stop confiscating good from vendors,
(2) that vendors will always be consulted through MUFIS structures,
(3) they accepted that the bye laws should be amended,
(4) they will talk to banking institutions to provide loans for economic empowerment and clean the rivers passing through markets.
 Council official thought there could be violence during presentation. MUFIS thanked City Council officials for accepting to receive the petition and asked them to facilitate the meeting urgently. The positive responses by the council were more than expectation of MUFIS membership. The function was covered by a lot of media, especially by many radio broadcasters.In fact, the radios were awash with news about International Street Vendors Day!"

REPORT BY Mwanda Chiwambala
GENERAL SECRETARY  

New York: Street Vendors show solidarity for hurricane victims on 14th November




Brothers and sisters,

We are very happy to celebrate with you the first ever International Street Vendors’ Day. We congratulate StreetNet on ten years of fighting for justice and human rights.

Two weeks ago, our own city was hit by a terrible hurricane that killed many people and drove many others from their homes. It has affected the livelihoods of many of our members. However, other people suffered worse. We decided to spend International Street Vendor Day by taking a boat to one of the disaster areas of our city and volunteering to help the survivors there. We helped prepare food and sort used clothing. We are also donating money we collected at our last meeting. 

This action reminded us how street vendors help our city every day, in ways large and small. We look forward to celebrating November 14th for many years to come, with our brother and sister vendors from across the US and around the world.

Sean Basinski, Director
Street Vendor Project (New York)
November 14, 2012

TANZANIA: Traders celebrate International Street Vendors Day with a march through the city organised by TUICO

Traders on the march through Dar-es-Salaam
StreetNet affiliate in Tanzania, the Tanzanian Union of Industrial and Commercial Workers (TUICO) celebrated 14th November  in the City of Dar es Salaam.  800 traders and other participants marched from TUICO Headquarter through the city to the hall where the conference took place.
 

Traders at the conference
Traders displayed their goods at the conference which was presided over by the TUICO General Secretary.  The main slogan of the day was  " STREET VENDORS CONTRIBUTE MUCH TO NATIONAL ECONOMY; THEY SHOULD BE RECOGNISED" .
 

Traders voiced their main concerns:  
1. TUICO should represent them beforoe the local authorities and politicians so that policy and laws be reformed to become friendly to traders.
2. TUICO should negotiate with Municipal and City Authorities for better working places
3. TUICO should negotiate with the Social Security Schemes in order to cover them
4. TUICO should provide training on business skills
5. TUICO should enter into recognition and Collective Agreements with Municipal and City Councils concerning the welfare of  Informal economy workers.

TUICO General Secretary informed the participants  that the Union will make sure that their concerns are dealt with to assist their  business sustainability. He also encouraged them to have more unity and called on them to  establish a negotiation committee under TUICO.
 

Visit TUICO website from Thursday 23rd November for more information.
www.tuicotz.wordpress.com
JONES MAJURA

Thursday, 15 November 2012

ESPAÑA: UPTA CELEBRA EL DIA INTERNACIONAL DEL VENDEDOR AMBULANTE PARTICIPANDO EN LA GRAN HUELGA GENERAL.


Manifestacion en Madrid contra las politicas de austeridad



El día 14 de noviembre, y coincidiendo con la huelga general convocada por los sindicatos de trabajadores de clase y las organizaciones sociales pertenecientes a la Cumbre Social, 
UPTA España celebró el Día Internacional del Vendedor Ambulante convocando y participando en este acontecimiento.

Mas del 70% de los trabajadores españoles secundaron la huelga y casi dos millones asistieron a las manifestaciones celebradas en todas las ciudades españolas.

Respecto a los vendedores ambulantes, según cifras de UPTA, el 65% de los mercados no se celebraron este día, demostrando así el inconformismo de este sector con las políticas económicas aplicadas por el gobierno y reclamando apoyos al sector y dignificación de la profesión.

La convocatoria fue un verdadero éxito, como se puede observar en estas dos fotografías, una perteneciente a Madrid y la otra a Valencia.

Los vendedores ambulantes, junto con el resto de trabajadores y ciudadanos, continuaremos en la lucha por el cumplimiento de nuestros objetivos.

Viva el 14 Noviembre!
Viva Streetnet!


Valencia el 14 de Noviembre