Asiye eTafuleni (Non-MBO; WIEGO Partner)

Asiye eTafuleni ("Bring it to the table" in Zulu) is a non-profit organization based in Durban, South Africa. AeT works locally and globally to promote and develop good practice and process around inclusive urban planning and design. The organization collaborates with informal workers (mainly street and market vendors and waste pickers) and allied professionals in order to develop inclusive urban spaces that support sustainable livelihoods for informal workers. AeT's work relates to four areas:

  • Inclusive Design: working to provide a facilitating role – as well as an active role – in promoting informal workers’ voices in urban design and planning.
  • Urban Intelligence: working to widen and deepen urban intelligence so that local, national and international stakeholders can engage in more informed urban dialogue, planning and design processes.
  • Advocacy: working to increase the voice and visibility of informal workers within urban planning and policy processes, and to change attitudes and perceptions about informal work among policy makers, educators and built environment professionals.
  •  Education: providing opportunities for students, the general public, tourists and built environment professionals to learn about functional urban environments that are inclusive of informal workers and better understand the realities of these areas.

Website: Asiye eTafuleni  Twitter: @asiyeEtafuleni  Facebook: Asiye Etafuleni

Association of Home-Based Workers (AHBW), Bulgaria

The Association of Home-Based Workers (AHBW) of Bulgaria is a national association of home-based workers and is the national affiliate for Bulgaria to HomeNet Eastern Europe. It was registered in 2002 and has between 35,000 and 40,000 members in 22 of Bulgaria's 28 provinces. In its work in support of home-based workers, AHBW participates in a variety of organizing, advocacy and educational activities. One of AHBWs main activities is organizing awareness events for home-based workers and others. They also do research and work on improving qualifications of unemployed people and home-based workers. 

Associação dos Operadores e Trabalhadores do Sector Informal (ASSOTSI)

Associação dos Operadores e Trabalhadores do Sector Informal (the Informal Sector Operators and Workers Association or ASSOTSI) is a city-based alliance of membership-based organizations composed of market vendors, hawkers and informal sector workers. It was formed in 1999 and operates in Maputo, Mozambique, where it has over 4,200 members. ASSOTSI's aims include promoting and encouraging unity among operators and workers in the informal sector, promoting and defending workers rights and interests, contributing to the organization of the informal sector, and improving the quality of services. ASSOTSI is an affiliate of StreetNet International. 

Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Association (AZIEA) 

The Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA), launched in 2002, is the national umbrella organization for associations of informal workers in Zambia. AZIEA has nine informal economy associations in its membership, representing a total of 1.4 million individual workers (approximately 2800 of whom are informal workers). Membership to the Alliance is open to organizations representing street and market vendors, hawkers, cross-border traders and other informal economy workers in Zambia. The alliance was formed with the objective of strengthening the voice and bargaining capacity of informal workers, most of whom previously had no formal democratic representation. AZIEA attempts to organize the unorganized, educate members on their civil and workers rights, establish formal collective bargaining structures between government and informal economy workers representatives, and campaign for policies and laws that are inclusive to the needs and rights of informal economy workers. AZIEA is the national affiliate for Zambia to StreetNet International.

Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS)

The Coalition of Informal Economy Associations of Swaziland (CIEAS) is a national coalition founded in 2006 by marginalized community-based organizations striving to earn a living by carrying out income generating projects. As of 2010, CIEAS had 12,600 members working as informal street traders; approximately 60 per cent of the members are women. CIEAS has established branches in all four regions of Swaziland, and it seeks to bring together all informal traders in the country to support each other in economic and political development. CIEAS also works to unite its members with other allied movements in order to change the countrys policies to be inclusive and pro-poor. CIEAS is the national affiliate for Swaziland to StreetNet International.

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG) 

The Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG or the National Confederation of Trade Unions of Guinea) was founded in June 1960. CNTG has approximately 20,000 informal economy members. Its members (who work in the informal and formal sectors) come from the following sectors: textiles, buildings, commercial street vendors, waste pickers, domestic workers, agricultural workers, hairdressers, motorbike and taxi drivers, and fish wholesalers, among others.  CNTG's work addresses the following challenges: organizing informal economy workers, access to micro finance, access to social protection, and improving working conditions. CNTG is the national affiliate for Guinea to StreetNet International.

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs du Senegal (CNTS)

The Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs du Senegal (National Confederation of Trade Unions of Senegal or CNTS) was established in 1969 following the dissolution of the Union Nationale des Travailleurs Sénégal (UNTS). Currently, CNTS has approximately 5000 members who work in the informal sector, including those working in trade, street vending, domestic work, small arts & crafts, masonry, sheet metal production, furnace making, transport driving, agriculture and construction. The objectives of CNTS are to defend the interest and rights of members and to participate in the economic and social development of the country. Its vision is to work for the creation of decent work opportunities, to gain unemployment insurance for retrenched workers, and to have a national health insurance fund established for informal economy workers.

Facebook:  facebook.com/cnts.sn

Federation Nationale des Syndicats (FENASEIN Niger) 

The Federation Nationale des Syndicats (National Federation of Trade Unions or FENASEIN) is a national federation of trade unions in Niger. As of January 2014, FENASEIN counted approximately 17,000 informal economy members. Informal worker groups who are members of FENASEIN include: street and market vendors, home-based workers, stevedores/dockers, transport/taxi workers, commerce workers, mechanics, building, wood and forestry workers, clothing and garment workers, and tailors. The objectives of FENASEIN include: improve living and working conditions of members to achieve emancipation and social wellbeing; unite, organize and safeguard the freedom to organize and to encourage the advancement of members; ensure that the economy is organized to serve the people; and promote social economy and solidarity. FENASEIN is the national affiliate for Niger to StreetNet International.

Federasi Konstruksi, Umum dan Informal (FKUI-SBSI) (Non-member MBO Attending ga)

The Federasi Konstruksi, Umum dan Informal (Federation of Construction, Informal & General Worker or FKUI-SBSI) is a national union of construction workers and other informal economy workers in Indonesia.

Website: FKUI-SBSI  Twitter:  @fkuiSBSI

Federación Única de Trabajadores No Dependientes y Afines de Venezuela (FUTRAND)

The Federación Única de Trabajadores No Dependientes y Afines de Venezuela (United Federation of Independent Workers of Venezuela or FUTRAND) was founded in 1992 and is affiliated with the Confederation of Workers of Venezuela (CTV). FUTRAND has a nationwide presence and works on behalf of its members and fraternal organizations. FUTRAND members work as street vendors, market vendors, hawkers and shoe shiners. In addition, FUTRAND works with partner organizations that work with different informal worker groups including taxi workers, public transport workers, hairdressers and artisans. As of 2012, FUTRAND had just under 4,000 members. The organization's objectives include: fighting for the inclusion of social (informal) economy workers into the system of social security, extending the normal protection of workers, and defending the rights of children and adolescents in the labour market. FUTRAND is the national affiliate for Venezuela to StreetNet International.

Twitter:   @futrand   Facebook: /futrand.ctv
 

General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions GEFONT 

The General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) was established in 1989. GEFONT is the largest trade union Confederation in Nepal and represents over 300,000 workers. As of April 2009 it also had 27 affiliates, which cover agriculture, industries and services. Its members are involved in various sectors including domestic work, waste picking, construction work, vending and many other types of informal economy work. The issues GEFONT is dedicated to include rights, dignity and welfare of workers as a whole, to secure trade union rights and changes to the law for informal workers, and to secure social protection, minimum wages, access to credit, and skill upgrading for workers.

Website: GEFONT  Facebook: GEFONT   Twitter:  @GEFONT

Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) 

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) of Ghana, made up of 17 affiliated autonomous national unions, is the main umbrella organization for trade union activities in Ghana,.The TUC is the official mouthpiece of unionized labour in its dealing with government and with the employers' association. It currently has a total membership of about 500,000 members. The TUC co-ordinates all the activities of national unions actively organizing workers in the informal sector through its organizing department in general and  Informal Sector Desk in particular. TUCs activities include developing programmes, linking up with national unions, and organizing workshops. Informal worker members of the Ghana TUC include street vendors, construction workers, and agricultural workers, among others.

Website: ghanatuc.org

HomeNet Cambodia (via WIEGO MBO Member HNSEA)

HomeNet Cambodia (HNC) is a national network of organizations concerned with delivering practical benefits to low-income home-based workers in Cambodia. HNC is the national affiliate of HomeNet South-East Asia and currently consists of 21 membership-based organizations (MBOs) with a total of 502 home-based workers who work in the four cities of Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, and Poi Pet. The organization was established in 2009, and its goal is the improvement of the socio-economic well-being of poor home-based workers in Cambodia through regional and international networks, capacity-building, and the development of decent work and sustainable income-generating activities. 

Website:   homenetcambodia.org   Facebook: amandine.duranton  

HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) 

HomeNet South Asia (HNSA) was founded in 2000 following a successful regional dialogue with employers and governments, which led to the Kathmandu Declaration. HomeNet South Asia is the sub-regional network of organizations of home-based workers. It operates in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka with country HomeNet organizations in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. HNSA counts over 140,000 members, the majority of whom are women. HomeNet South Asia works towards building regional solidarity among home-based workers, especially women workers, empowering them to lead a poverty-free life of dignity by obtaining decent work and social protection within a rights framework. HNSA strives to make home-based workers and their issues more visible; to help organize them; to improve their working and living conditions; to promote and advocate for formulation and implementation of national, regional and international policies for home-based workers; and to promote access of home-based workers products to local, national and international markets.

Website: homenetsouthasia.net   Facebook: /homenetsouthasia.trust   Twitter: @HomeNetNet

HomeNet South-East Asia (HNSEA)

HomeNet South-East Asia (HNSEA) is the sub-regional network of national (country) networks of home-based workers, including those from Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, and Thailand. The objectives of HomeNet South-East Asia are to enable organized home-based workers to democratically run and manage self-sustaining organizations and networks at the national and sub-regional levels. These organizations and networks twill allow workers to enjoy better working conditions and standards of living and to attain higher income, steadier employment, and access to social protection. Such organizations will also ensure that home-based workers issues and concerns are better addressed in the policies and programs of civil society organizations, governments, and international agencies and that their representatives gain greater visibility and participation in various levels of governance.

Website: homenetsasia.org

HomeNet Thailand 

HomeNet Thailand is a national network of home-based workers that has its roots in the Homeworkers Network, which was established in 1992 by home-based producers and concerned NGOs in Bangkok, the North and the Northeast of Thailand under an ILO project on Social Protection Promotion. After the project closed in 1996, the network re-launched itself as HomeNet Thailand. In 2003, NGOs working within the network formally registered as the Foundation for Labour and Employment Promotion,” commonly known as HomeNet Thailand. HomeNet Thailand works with approximately 167 groups (or about 3,900 workers). It aims to enhance homeworkerscapacities in production and management, promote and strengthen informal workersorganization, promote labour standards and social protection, and influence government policies in relation to the legal and social protection of informal workers. HomeNet Thailand is the national affiliate of HomeNet South-East Asia.

Website: homenetthailand.org  Facebook: HomeNet Thailand

Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) 

The Home-Based Women Workers Federation (HBWWF) is a federation of home-based workers based in Pakistan.

International Domestic Worker Federation (IDWF) (WIEGO MBO Member)

The International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) is an international federation of domestic workers organizations. The IDWF held its Founding Congress in 2013 and, as of January 2014, had 47 affiliates (most of which are trade unions or association and cooperatives) in 43 countries. In its 5-year Action Plan, the IDWF set the following strategic goal: "Develop the capacity of IDWF to defend and advance the rights and protection of its members in particular, and all domestic workers in general." The objectives of the IDWF, as enshrined in its Constitution include:

  • To help build strong, democratic and accountable domestic/household workers organization that protect domestic/household workers rights everywhere.
  • To unite domestic/household workers organizations nationally, regionally and globally.
  • To promote the leadership of women within domestic/household workers organizations and domestic/household workers within the labour movement in general.
  • To support affiliates to develop effective collective bargaining mechanisms and improve the working conditions of domestic/household workers.
  • To promote gender equality, human and trade union rights in every country, making governments accountable to their people.
  • To build solidarity with the labour movement and to collaborate with trade unions and allies across sectors, especially with other informal and precarious worker organizations at all levels.
  • To challenge economic and social policies and current power relations that create wealth inequalities, erode worker and other human rights and create forced migration.

Webpage: idwfed.org  Facebook: /IDWFED  Twitter: @IWDFED

 

 

Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG) 

The Informal Hawkers and Vendors Association of Ghana (IHVAG) was formed in 2003 and registered in 2005. Currently, StreetNet Ghana has six branches in two cities with over 6,000 members, who work in street and market trading. IHVAG's objectives include:

  • Expanding organization at district, regional and national levels;
  • Building capacity and leadership of women;
  • Building a base of information on street traders' numbers and situation;
  • Documenting and disseminating information on effective strategies for promoting and protecting the rights of street traders;
  • Prioritizing the interests of low income street vendors; and
  • Promoting policies that can contribute to improving the lives of members through advocacy efforts and national campaigns.

IHVAG partners with the GA-East Traders Union and the Ghana Trades Union Congress, and it is the Ghana national affiliate of StreetNet International. 

International Union of Food and Allied Workers (IUF) 

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) is an international federation of trade unions representing workers employed in agriculture and plantations, the preparation and manufacture of food and beverages, hotels, restaurants and catering services, and all stages of tobacco processing. It also represents domestic workers and works closely with WIEGO in supporting the International Federation of Domestic Workers (IDWF).

The IUF is currently composed of 396 affiliated organizations in 126 countries, representing a combined membership of around 2.6 million workers. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.

From the IUFs founding in 1920, international labour solidarity has been its guiding principle. This principle is implemented through building solidarity at every stage of the food chain, international organizing within transnational companies (TNCs), and global action to defend human, democratic, and trade union rights.

Website: iuf.org  Facebook: /IUFglobal  Twitter: @IUFglobal

Kisumu Informal Traders Economic Support (KITES) (via WIEGO MBO Member KENASVIT)

KITES is a local alliance of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers in Kisumu City, Kenya. It is a member of the Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT), a WIEGO institutional member, and its overall goals are to create a conducive environment for trade by negotiating for secured spaces to enable vendor businesses to grow and to stop harassment of vendors by the city council authorities. The aims and objectives of the alliance are to bring together different member groups of vendors , to popularize street vending locally and internationally, to enhance socio-economic empowerment of its members, and to advocate for the rights of street vendors. 

Kagad Kach Patra Kashtakari Panchayat (KKPKP)

KKPKP is a trade union of waste pickers and itinerant scrap buyers registered in 1993, based in Pune, India. As of mid-2009, it had approximately 8,000 members, both women and men. KKPKP uses the twin strategies of peaceful non-violent protest and resistance and development of alternatives to mobilize around some of the key issues facing waste pickers. This includes campaigning for waste collectors to be regarded as "workers" and waste collection as "work" by local, state and national government, organizing social protection (e.g. medical insurance and co-operative credit / savings schemes), and integrating waste pickers into the doorstep collection and management of urban solid waste. KKPKP also mobilizes against the exploitation of waste pickers – redressing grievances, organizing boycotts against moneylenders, and fighting for compensation in cases of harassment. KKPKP has also established cooperative scrap stores to service the waste pickers and ensure better returns for them on the sale of scrap.

Website: wastepickerscollective.org

 Kongres Operata Yogyakarta (KOY) (via WIEGO MBO Member IDWF)

Kongres Operata Yogyakarta (KOY or the Congress of Domestic Workers) is an umbrella organization for domestic worker organizations located in the province of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. KOY was formed in 2009 and works to organize domestic workers so that they are recognized and their work is valued by the community. 

Website:  kongresoperatayogya.blogspot.ca/   Facebook:  /kongres.operatayogyakarta

Ligue pour le Droit de la Femme Congolaise (LDFC)

The Ligue pour le Droit de la Femme Congolaise (League for the Rights of Congolese Women or LDFC) was founded in 1999. LDFC is a national alliance in the Democratic Republic of Congo whose members include street and market vendors, waste pickers, hawkers and agricultural workers. LDFCs mission is to foster the promotion, protection and defense of the rights of women and girls. Its goals include:

  • encouraging women to know and defend their rights
  • helping women to discover their potential and utilize it for their development
  • supporting the target population in the creation and management of income generating activities
  • promoting gender equality and respect for the individual in the workplace
  • combating discrimination against people in the informal sector
  • encouraging the participation of women at all decision-making bodies
  • training and raising awareness about sexually-transmitted infections and HIV / AIDS.

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) 

Labour at Informal Economy (LIE) is a membership-based organization that represents 2,865 workers who work as street vendors, waste pickers, home-based workers and agricultural workers in Bangladesh. LIE is nationally affiliated with the Bangladesh Free Trade Union Congress (BFTUC), is a member organization of the Bangladesh Occupational Safety, Health and Environment Foundation (OSHE) and is the national affiliate of StreetNet International in Bangladesh.  

The principal mission of LIE is to promote and protect the fundamental rights of informal sector workers at the national level, specifically with regard to decent living and working conditions. LIE defends the rights and interests of its members, engages in organizing workers and advocates to the government to improve the rights of workers in the informal sector through national policy, legal coverage and social protection for street vendors and waste pickers.

Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS) 

The Malawi Union for the Informal Sector (MUFIS) first began in 2000 and was officially registered in 2004. As of 2012, MUFIS has approximately 14550 members, who work in the following informal sectors: home-based work, street vending, waste picking, construction work, domestic work and small-scale tea farms.

MUFIS is the national affiliate of StreetNet International in Malawi. The Unions vision is to assist, represent and educate its members to improve their businesses. Its objectives are to protect the rights and interests of members, encourage full participation by members in the union, promote legislation that is in members' interests, and affiliate with both local and international organizations that have similar objectives to MUFIS.

National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) 

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) was formed in 1998 and registered in 2003 under the Societies Registration Act of 1860. It brings together street vendor organizations under a single platform to collectively struggle for macro-level changes that are crucial for the livelihood of around 10 million vendors threatened by outdated laws and changing policies, and the practices and attitudes of those in power. NASVI has over 500,000 members and operates as a coalition of trade unions, community based organizations (CBOs), non-government organizations (NGOs) and professionals. NASVI's interventions are focused on:

  • ensuring livelihood and social security of street vendors through policy interventions and changes in the political/legal environment
  • building capacity of street vendor organizations
  • evidence gathering and dissemination of evidence and issues concerning street vendors
  • undertaking schemes and programs that enable vendors to get access to financial services, such as Credit & Thrift Cooperatives, Self Help Groups, formal banking institutions and insurance companies.

Webpage: nasvinet.org  Facebook: /Nasviindia  Twitter: @NasviIndia

Pambansang Kalipunan ng mga Manggagawang Impormal sa Pilipinas (PATAMABA) 

Pambansang Kalipunan ng mga Manggagawang Impormal sa Pilipinas (PATAMABA), Inc., or the National Network of Informal Workers in the Philippines, was founded in 1989. PATAMABA began as a network of women home-based workers, but it recently opened its membership to men, youth and other sub-sectors of informal workers (including waste pickers, street vendors, construction workers and small transport operators). PATAMABA is the national affiliate of HomeNet South East Asia for the Philippines and has a membership of more than 17,000 self-employed and subcontracted workers covering 10 regions, 34 provinces and 276 chapters nationwide. As an organization, PATAMABA seeks to:

  • ensure the rights and uplift the economic, political and social conditions of workers in the informal economy;
  • integrate the rights, needs and interests of women in its policies and programs;
  • establish networks/linkages nationally and internationally for resource mobilization, capacity building, planning and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of various development programs and projects for sustainability and self-reliance; and
  • serve as a vehicle for initiating and supporting activities addressing the needs of informal workers in its local chapters all over the country.

Website: homenetseasia.org 

La Red Latinoamericana de Recicladores (RedLacre) 

The Red Latinoamericana de Recicladores (the Latin American Waste Picker Network or Red Lacre) is a representative and inclusive organization of labour movements that brings together waste pickers from 17 Latin American countries. The Network's mission is to improve the working conditions of waste pickers and to encourage dialogue among countries to share experiences, and design and execute actions.

Website: redrecicladores.net  Facebook: /red.latinoamericanareclicladores  Twitter: @RedLacre   

SEWA Bharat (All India Federation of Self-Employed Women's Association) 

SEWA Bharat is the all-India Federation of SEWA member organizations, with the mandate to highlight issues concerning women working in the informal economy and to strengthen the capacity of the organizations that serve the interests of these women. It was set up in 1982 as a result of the demand in other states of India for similar organizations to SEWA. Its main aim is to facilitate the formation of new membership-based organizations of women informal workers across the country and to promote their growth and development. Presently, 11 such SEWA member organizations are working in nine states. Together they account for a total membership of around 1,300,000.

At present, SEWA Bharats member organizations include Lucknow Mahila SEWA Trust, SEWA Bhagalpur, SEWA Munger, SEWA Chattarpur, SEWA Delhi Trust, SEWA Gujarat, SEWA Kerala, SEWA Madhya Pradesh, Mahila SEWA Housing Trust and SEWA Academy. Although most of these SEWA organizations are registered, some of these are being developed by SEWA Bharat. New SEWA organizations are being promoted in Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh & Rajasthan.

Website: sewabharat.org  Facebook: /SelfEmployedWomensAssociation  Twitter: @SewaBharat

Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Independientes Ambulantes del Transporte y Anexos (SINTRALOC) 

The Sindicato Nacional de Trabajadores Independientes Ambulantes del Transporte y Anexos (SINTRALOC or the National Union of Independent Workers, Transport Hawkers and Allied Sectors) is a national union that was founded in 1987 in Chile. SINTRALOC's objectives include working to ensure the welfare of its members and fighting for their interests at the local and national level. SINTRALOC has been advocating to legalize its members' activities and to stop their persecution and criminalization. SINTRALOC members have been recognized as workers by the central government and therefore have obtained the same rights as other citizens. SINTRALOC is currently in discussions with the government regarding taxation of the sector so that their members are included in health benefits, social security, access to housing, etc.

Website: sintraloc.jimdo.com  Facebook: /sintraloc  Twitter: @sintraloc

Sindicato de Vendedores Ambulantes de la República Argentina (SIVARA) 

The Sindicato de Vendedores Ambulantes de la República Argentina (the Union of Street Vendors of the Republic of Argentina or SIVARA) was created in 1973 with the support of the General Confederation of Workers of the Republic of Argentina (CGTRA). As of May 2012, SIVARA had 17,685 affiliate members and 16 regional offices. SIVARA represents street vendors in public and private areas including public streets/thoroughfares, street fairs, plazas and parks, sports stadiums, public transport passenger vehicles (trains, buses), bikers and private homes (direct sales).

SIVARAs advocacy activities primarily focus on two areas. First, SIVARA advocates at the local and provincial levels for national laws and regulations to provide adequate working conditions for independent vendors. Second, they work to achieve recognition of the employment relationship between employers and dependent workers. In this regard, SIVARAs goal is to obtain recognition by employers as well as the public authority. To do this, SIVARA systematically presents cases before the Labor Ministry.

In addition to advocating for policy change, SIVARA works to improve working conditions of and educate street vendors about their rights as workers. SIVARA is the national affiliate for StreetNet International in Argentina, and its secretary general is the president of StreetNet International.

StreetNet International

StreetNet International, an alliance of street vendors, was launched in Durban, South Africa, in November 2002. Membership-based organizations (unions, co-operatives or associations) directly organizing street vendors, market vendors and/or hawkers among their members are entitled to affiliate to StreetNet International.

The aim of StreetNet is to promote local, national and international solidarity between organizations of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers (i.e. mobile vendors), stimulate the development of national alliances of such organizations, and stimulate cities around the world to adopt and implement street vendor friendly urban policies.

Through StreetNet, member organizations can gain an understanding of the common problems of street vendors, develop new ideas for strengthening their organizing and advocacy efforts, and join international campaigns to promote policies and actions that can contribute to improving the lives of millions of street vendors, market vendors and hawkers around the world.

Website: streetnet.org.za  Facebook: StreetNet International    StreetNet Focal Point Asia    Punto Focal de las Americas

Unión de Profesionales y trabajadores autónomos StreetNet (UPTA) 

The Unión de Profesionales y trabajadores autónomos StreetNet (Union of Professionals and Self-Employed Workers) is a national confederation of territorial and sectoral organizations of vendors and other self-employed workers in Spain. It is the national affiliate of StreetNet International in Spain. As of 2013, UPTA had over 2,700 informal economy members and was present in 17 autonomous communities. Among UPTA's objectives are:

  • Demanding that administration puts into practices policy, legislative and economic measures, participating in collective bargaining and negotiating agreements of professional interest;
  • Promoting the equal treatment between men and women on social, cultural, professional and economic issues;
  • Undertaking integrated actions that help;
  • Promoting economic associations and the internationalization of individual business activities; and
  • Promoting training with the goal of improving members' professional qualifications, management capacity and employability of the self-employed and entrepreneurs, among others.

Some of the services it provides to its members include banking and finance, judicial services, management services, communications and marketing support, insurance, and training. 

Website: upta.es  Facebook: /upta.espana  Twitter: @upta_es

Syndicat Unique et Democratique du Mareyeurs du Senegal (SUDEMS)

The Syndicat Unique et Democratique du Mareyeurs du Senegal (SUDEMS or the Single and Democratic Union of Wholesale Fish Merchants of Senegal) is a national union of fish vendors including hawkers, market vendors, fish transporters and processors. It is the national affiliate for StreetNet International and was formed in 2000. It has over 12,000 members and its objectives include:

  • Organizing all the workers in the fishing sector into one big organization;
  • Putting forward and defending the rights and material, moral and cultural interests of their members;
  • Coordinating action in the struggles against all the systems of oppression, alienation and the satisfaction of workers' legitimate demands;
  • Struggling to safeguard the respect and extension of trade union rights;
  • Organizing for the unity of workers.

Le Syndicat des Vendeurs de Matériaux de Construction du Togo (SYVEMACOT)

Le Syndicat des Vendeurs de Matériaux de Construction du Togo (The Union of Sellers of Building Materials of Togo or SYVEMACOT) is a national union of vendors of building materials in Togo. It is the national affiliate for Togo of StreetNet International. The vision of SYVEMACOT is to increase the unions membership with market vendors and street hawkers in order to become a strong organization and to increase its collective voice when addressing the authorities in Togo.

Work has been initiated through a campaign for the awareness of informal workers and their rights and duties, with the slogan, "Nothing for Us Without Us!" SYVEMACOT plans to teach and mobilize its members and other vendors of building materials about social protection and to organize related campaigns in strategic locations. In addition, SYVEMACOT plans to make recommendations about social protection to the federal government, federal structures (TRIF), confederate structures (CSTT) and their partners.

Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN) 

The Union General de Syndicats de l'Economie Informelle du Niger (UGSEIN or the General Union of Informal Economy Trade Unions of Niger) is the national trade union center, which organizes street vendors and other informal workers in Niger. It is the national affiliate for StreetNet International for Niger and was formed in 2007. UGSEIN's main objectives include:

  • Organizing the economic actors of the Informal economy;
  • Defending the ethical and material interests of members;
  • Negotiating agreements with the employers of the sector;
  • Struggling for decent work conditions and health and security for the workers in the sector.

Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA)

The Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations (ZCIEA) is a national alliance of membership-based organizations of street vendors, waste pickers, construction workers and other informal workers. ZCIEA was launched in 2004. As of January 2014, ZCIEA had 150 member associations. Its objectives include:

  • To organize, establish, promote & protect the interest of Informal economy;
  • To empower the marginalized informal economy operators with trade unions by educating and developing entrepreneurial skills;
  • To undertake research and collect information to disseminate;
  • To assist with easy accessing of social and economic resources for its members in an effort to extend social services to the marginalized people of Zimbabwe and therefore facilitating equitable distribution of wealth. 

Website: zciea.org   Facebook:  ZCIEA  Twitter: @ZCIEA