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Theme: Informal Economy
ZCIEA Press Statement on Announced Operation Restore Order ZCIEA Press Statement . (11 October 2017)

We the Zimbabwe Chamber of Informal Economy Associations are saddened by the imposed decision by Harare City Council Acting Town Clerk Mrs Josephine Ncube ‘Operation Restore Order' after the comments by His excellency President Robert Mugabe on the state of Harare Central Business District (CBD) on Saturday 7 October 2017. While ZCIEA is in process of negotiating with the Government through various Ministries and Local Authorities on best models that can be used to harmonise the operation of informal traders, it will be a disaster or catastrophe to implement an operation likened to Operation Murambatsvina of 2005 whose effects are still being felt to this date.

Zimbabwe Harare Launches "Operation Restore Order" ZBC . (8 October 2017)

The City of Harare has launched an operation codenamed‘Restore Order,’which is aimed at decongesting the city and bringing order and sanity in the central business district.

Myanmar Thailand Call to guard domestic workers' rights Bangkok Post . (27 September 2017)
By Charoensuthipan, Penchan.

Labour advocacy groups are calling on the government to better protect the rights and welfare of migrant domestic workers in the light of Myanmar's rule barring its citizens from getting jobs in other countries as home workers. Poonsap Tulaphan, manager of Homenet Thailand, who advocates for home workers, said Myanmar in particular does not allow its people to be employed as home workers under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) system.

Nepal NIHCRU holds 10th National Conference My Republica . (9 September 2017)

Speaking at the event, General Federation of Nepalese Trade Unions (GEFONT) President Bishnu Rimal said the promulgation of Labor Act was good news for the workers contributing to the tourism sector of the nation.

India SEWA founder meets Governor Daily kashmir Images . (9 September 2017)

Founder Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) accompanied by Reema Nanavaty, Director SEWA and Rameshwar Mihir Bhat, met Governor N.N. Vohra. Bhatt discussed with the Governor several issues about the welfare activities being undertaken by the SEWA in Kashmir, since it started working here in 2010.

By McFarland, Kate.

The study and its results are described at length in Basic Income: A Transformative Policy for India, coauthored by Davala, Renana Jhabvala (SEWA), Soumya Kapoor (World Bank), and BIEN cofounder Guy Standing.

Zambia NAPSA SIGNS MOU WITH ILO ZNBC . (8 September 2017)

The National Pension Scheme Authority (NAPSA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Institute for Health and Welfare -THL- of Finland and the International Labour Organisation(ILO) aimed at promoting coverage and adequacy of social protection among the informal and rural economic workers.

United States of America International Effort Gains Momentum to Protect NC Tobacco Workers Public News Service . (5 September 2017)

The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations (IUF) is calling for additional protections for tobacco farm workers in North Carolina and the rest of the world.

India Poverty Is Violence With Tacit Consent Outlook India . (4 September 2017)
By Vij-Aurora, Bhavna.

Glued to Gandhism, Ela Bhatt believes the principles are even more valid now. At 83, the founder of SEWA (Self-Employed Women’s Association of India), believes that the country has lost the opportunity of real freedom or ‘poorna swaraj’ Bapu had envisaged.

By Hynes, Casey.

According to the organization Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), many domestic workers in India work without formal contracts or standardized work conditions. This leaves them with little legal basis to claim time off for maternity leave or holidays, not to mention few channels for pursuing paychecks withheld by employers.