Preparing a Platform

and taking it to the ILC 2014

International Labour Conference, 2014  - WIEGO Delegates

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The WIEGO Network, Partners and informal workers representatives from around the world attended the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2014. They voiced their demands as the ILC discussed a recommendation to guide countries in transitioning from the informal to the formal economy.

Video of worker speaking at ILC 2014 View videos of home-based workers, street vendors and domestic workers voicing their needs at the Convention.

Participants in action at the ILC 2014

Johannesburg, South Africa: workshop on  formalization for informal workers

WIEGO and partners shared a platform on formalizing the informal at ILC 2014 in June. The platform sets out common core needs and demands for informal workers. 

Preparing the Platform

After months of preparation, WIEGO hosted a series of workshops to gather feedback from representatives of domestic workers, home-based workers, street vendors, waste pickers and other informal workers as well as trade union and ILO representatives. During the workshops, participants were engaged in a participatory process to ensure their voices were integrated into the platform.

  • Johannesburg: 13-14 March, coordinated by Chris Bonner and Pat Horn, and hosted by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
  • Buenos Aires: 19-21 March, coordinated by Lucia Fernandez and hosted by Confederación de Trabajadores en la Economía Popular (CTEP)
  • Bangkok: 23 March, coordinated by Elizabeth Tang, with support by HomeNet Thailand and International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF)
  • Lima: 2 workshops (8-9 April & 5-6 May) coordinated by Carmen Roca in partnership with Friedrich Ebert Foundation, PLADES, and PROSIE

Taking the Platform to the International Labour Conference

Coordinated by Karin Pape under the Organizational and Representation Programme of WIEGO, a delegation of informal workers’ representatives and organizers attended the 103rd session of the International Labour Conference (ILC) in June 2014 in Geneva. They shared the Platform and participated in discussions on transitioning from the informal to the formal economy to ensure the voice of informal workers is directly heard.

The platform sets out common core needs and demands for informal workers around organizing/labour rights, voice and bargaining power, legal identity and standing, economic rights, and social rights, including social protection. The platform also outlines different categories, meanings, and implications of informal employment, offers a summary of a comprehensive approach to transitioning from the informal to formal economy, and puts forward sector-specific (domestic workers, home-based workers, street vendors, and waste pickers) demands around formalization.

The full platform can be viewed and downloaded in English, French, Spanish and Russian.

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