Informal workers presented their proposals to the political parties contending for the presidency in Peru

May 27, 2016
Lima, Peru

Trabajadores presentan propuestasOn May 27, a delegation of informal workers leaders met with the technical teams of the two parties contending to the presidency in Peru. The meeting took place two days before the last presidential debate that was centred on various issues, including economic growth and employment. In these meetings, informal workers had the chance to meet with Pedro Olaechea and Martín Vizcarra from Peruanos por el Kambio, and with Elmer Cuba and Jaime Cuzquén. Their objective was to discuss about the issues they face and to present with one collective voice their proposals –document available in Spanish– to promote a formalization process that would take into account to their situation and realities. During the two encounters, both political parties showed interest to address some of the issues presented. Elmer Cuba offered a written statement of commitment to work on areas of particular consensus, which was signed on May 31.

Structured around three main topics (institutional and social dialogue, social protection, and access to financing and promotion of productivity), informal workers proposals seek for the recognition of their work and contributions they make. More importantly, they propose measures and build on the work they already do on their own.

Listen (in Spanish) the participation of informal workers' leaders Juana Croman and Andres Tupino in Radio Exitosa:

Among other things, they demand:

  • Inclusion in decision-making processes and the establishment of adequate legal and regulatory frameworks
  • Access to social protection. This should be guaranteed through reforms to the health system that take into account their needs and realities
  • Establishment of pension schemes where both the State and the workers can make contributions
  • Development of mechanisms to enhance their productivity and economic performance.

Background

The document containing the Platform of informal workers’ proposals was drafted through a collective and participative process with informal workers’ organizations of domestic workers, market porters, market vendors, newspaper vendors, street vendors, and waste pickers, launched in November 2015 during the National Meeting of Informal Workers in Peru. After the National Meeting, as part of the process, WIEGO and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (FES) facilitated a series of six working sessions and a discussion with experts.

National Meeting of Informal in Peru – November 21-21, 2015

WIEGO and FES convened a national meeting attended by 140 leaders of informal workers organizations from several occupational sectors, including domestic workers. The purpose of the meeting was promote discussions and dialogue in order to identify their key demands and draft a common platform of proposals. In the meeting, informal workers had the opportunity to listen to experiences from other countries, the position of central trade unions, and to learn how to use international standards to support their demands.

Watch (in Spanish) an interview with Carmen Roca, WIEGO’s Regional Advisor, Latin America 

They also had the opportunity to present their demands and proposals to representatives from the political parties contending in the first round of the presidential election, which took place in April 2016.

Read on the importance of dialoguing with the government

Read more about the National Meeting

Working sessions with informal workers

After the experience of the National Meeting of Informal Workers in Peru, since March 2016 WIEGO and FES facilitated five working sessions with 10 informal workers’ organizations. In these sessions informal workers’ leaders were able to work in greater detail their proposals and to draft the platform of proposals. During the session, on May 25, informal workers’ leaders worked on the strategy to engage the two presidential candidates running in the second round.

Discussion with experts

To solidify the presentation of the proposals contained in the draft platform, a session with experts in each of the areas of the platform was organized, namely institutional and social dialogue, fundamental rights, social protection, health, and promotion of productivity, among others).

Media coverage (in Spanish):

http://larepublica.pe/impresa/politica/772009-alcanzan-candidatos-plan-d...

http://www.spaciolibre.pe/ppk-y-fuerza-popular-propuestas-autoempleados/

http://www.enterados.pe/miscelanea/4096-ppk-y-fuerza-popular-conversaron...

http://www.generaccion.com/noticia/209112/trabajadores-autoempleados-pre...

http://programasindicalenlaeconomiainformal.blogspot.ca/2016/04/prosie-i...

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Informal Workers Present Their Demands and Proposals to Political Parties