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Olga Abizaid, with Federico Parra
In a webinar from WIEGO’s Workers´ Voices series, Nohra Padilla—leader of the Waste Pickers Association of Bogotá and ANR—shares with other workers the key milestones of the fight that won the waste pickers recognition as recycling public service providers. In this conversation with Federico Parra —WIEGO´s Regional Coordinator -Waste Pickers, Latin America— Nohra also speaks about the advocacy efforts to defend their role as public service providers and the challenges facing waste pickers in Colombia during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Cyrus Afshar, Annie Devenish
Dado que la situación de lxs trabajadorxs en empleo formal se ve atenuada, hasta cierto punto, por la protección que reciben a través de sus relaciones laborales formalizadas, y que lxs más afectadxs por la pobreza pueden aferrarse al salvavidas preexistente de la asistencia social gubernamental, fue el “sector intermedio olvidado” (que suele quedar excluido de todos los programas de protección) al cual los gobiernos tuvieron que esforzarse para alcanzar.
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Cyrus Afshar, Annie Devenish
Les travailleuse·eur·s du formel, d’une part, ont été quelque peu touché·e·s par la protection offerte par leurs relations de travail officielles. Les plus démuni·e·s, d’autre part, subsistent grâce aux aides sociales gouvernementales. Voilà le « milieu délaissé », souvent négligé par les programmes de protection, que les gouvernements ont dû se battre pour atteindre, dont un bon nombre des gens sont des travailleuse·eur·s de l’économie informelle.
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Cyrus Afshar, Annie Devenish
With formal workers buffered to some extent by the protection provided through their formalized work relations, and the poorest of the poor able to cling to their pre-existing lifeline of governmental social assistance, it was the ‘missing middle’, often uncovered by any protection programmes, that governments had to scramble to reach. Many of the ‘missing middle’ are informal economy workers. As a result, the crisis has brought the needs of informal workers to the fore, making them visible in a way they had not been before.
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Sarah Orleans Reed, Ana Carolina Ogando
There are no economic indicators so important or revealing as the words of workers. Today, the voices of informal economy workers, who constitute 60 per cent of the world’s workforce, are helping us unpack the hardship, injustice, and possibility for transformation within our economic system, laid bare by COVID-19. WIEGO and our partners are listening long and hard to informal economy workers through our study: COVID-19 Crisis and the Informal Economy.