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StreetNet International

StreetNet International

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

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

The National Union of Independent Itinerant Transport and Allied Workers (SINTRALOC) was founded on November 23, 1987.  Throughout its 24 years of existence, SINTRALOC has fought tirelessly for the recognition and dignity of street vendors.  In recent years, thanks to the perseverance of the union’s struggle, we have managed to get a bill passed to legally develop our work nationwide.

Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA)

Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA)

The Alliance for Zambian Informal Economy Associations (AZIEA) is the national umbrella organization for associations of informal workers in Zambia. It was launched in October 2002, as the result of a project on organizing in the informal economy undertaken by the Workers’ Education Association of Zambia (WEAZ) and the Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU).
 

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

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

UGSEIN is a national union that had 30,150 members as of November 2013. Members include street vendors and other informal workers. UGSEIN's objectives include: organize the economic actors of the informal economy; defend the ethical and material interests of members; negotiate agreements with the employers of the sector; struggle for decent work conditions and health and security for the workers in the sector.

Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT)

Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT)

The Kenya National Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) was formed in 2005 to bring together street vendors, traders and other types of informal workers from 12 towns in Kenya. The Alliance currently has over 8,600 members in 170 local associations.  

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG)

Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée (CNTG)

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The National Confederation of Trade Unions of Guinea (Confédération Nationale des Travailleurs de Guinée - CNTG) was founded in June 1960. It has 20,000 members from the informal sector, including 12,000 contributing members.

Trades Union Congress (Ghana)

Trades Union Congress (Ghana)

Ghana TUC logoThe Trades Union Congress (TUC) of Ghana is the main umbrella organization for trade union activities in Ghana, made up of 17 affiliated autonomous national unions. 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.

World Urban Forum 6: Inclusive Cities = Sustainable and Vibrant Cities

Heliodora, a Street Vendor from New York City, was a delegate at this year's World Urban ForumWIEGO and Inclusive Cities delegates attended the World Urban Forum 6 in Naples, Italy 1-7 September 2012, to deliver an important message to urban officials and planners: including informal workers in municipal pl

Elba Rojas, Street Vendor in Lima, Peru

(Lima, November 2013) For 25 years, Elba Rojas has sold chilis in Lima’s thriving wholesale market, La Parada. She says selling fresh produce here provided more income than she could have earned in a factory.Street vendor in Lima

Challenges of Gathering Statistics on Street Vendors

Finding reliable data on the size of the street vending population in any given city can be challenging. Official statistics on street vendors are available only in a few countries. The box below explains.