Workers' Resources & Capacity Building Materials

Juliana Brown Afari leads a meeting of the Makola Market Traders Union at Makola Market.
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These resources from WIEGO and partners can be downloaded and shared for free.

The Only School We Have

The Only School We Have: Learning from Organizing Experiences Across the Informal Economy (also available in Spanish) -- A guidebook for building membership-based organizations. Success stories from around the world highlight the importance of mobilizing workers.


Organizing in the Informal Economy

Six booklets (also available in French, Portuguese and Spanish)

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  1. Recruiting Informal Workers into Democratic Workers’ Organisations (ICC1)
  2. Building and Maintaining a Democratic Organisation of Informal Workers (ICC2)
  3. Handling the Day-To-Day Problems of Informal Workers (ICC3)
  4. Collective Negotiations for Informal Workers (ICC4)
  5. Handling Disputes between Informal Workers and those in Power (ICC5)
  6. Collective Action for Informal Workers (ICC6)

Advocacy Publications

We Are Workers TooRefusing to be Cast Aside

We Are Workers, Too! by Celia Mather, a resource manual for home-based workers

Tools for Advocacy: Social Protection for Informal Workers by Francie Lund and Jillian Nicholson

"Yes, We Did It!": How the World's Domestic Workers Won Their International Rights and Recognition by Celia Mather

Promoting the ILO Home Work Convention (C177) and the Rights of Homeworkers: A Manual for Workers’ Educators and Facilitators by Dave Spooner and Celia Mather

Case study: Refusing to be Cast Aside: Waste Pickers Organising Around the World (Melanie Samson)

Options for Organizing Waste Pickers in South Africa by Jan Theron

Organizing Reclaimers in Tshwane, South Africa: Lessons from the Top Down and Bottom Up Experiences by Melanie Samson

WIEGO Network Platform: Transitioning from the Informal to the Formal Economy in the Interest of Workers in the Informal Economy

For examinations from around the globe, see WIEGO Organizing Briefs.

Training Manuals: Developing Leadership and Business Skills for Informal Women Workers in Fair Trade

Training Manuals: Developing Leadership and Business Skills for Informal Women Workers in Fair Trade

  1. Introduction & Training Module 1: Understanding Gender and Employment Relations
  2. Training Module 2: Understanding Women's Economic and Social Contribution to Effective Poverty Reduction
  3. Training Module 3: Promoting Democratic Participation and Accountability
  4. Training Module 4: Enhancing Financial and Business Management Skills
  5. Training Module 5: Understanding the Market
  6. Training Module 6: Quality Management Systems
  7. Training Module 7: Improving Innovation and Production Techniques

Other Sources

Labour Organization and Trade Union Materials