Labour law only “sees” employees. It resists the idea that self-employed workers in the informal economy, such as street vendors and waste pickers, should also be the subjects of labour law. WIEGO's panel at the Labour Law Research Network aimed to challenge this.
Krithika Dinesh, Pamhidzai H. Bamu
In a ground-breaking decision for street vendors and other informal workers, the Constitutional Court of Uganda found the country’s vagrancy laws, which are often used to evict or arrest workers who work in public space, to be unconstitutional.
This World Day for Safety and Health at Work, WIEGO stands in solidarity with workers in informal employment across the globe who shoulder the burdens of health and livelihood risks. We give our unwavering support to those who struggle onwards to ensure accountability and to secure their right to health and dignity.
In this interview, Leonor Larraburu of the Unión de Trabajadores y Trabajadoras de la Economía Popular (UTEP) in Argentina tells us about the most important achievements for the waste picking sector since the Movimiento de Trabajadores Excluidos, a precursor organization of UTEP, was formed.
The appointment of Federico Parra as Social and Solidarity Economy Specialist is WIEGO’s response to the need to support initiatives of workers in informal employment that fall within the Social and Solidarity Economy (SSE). In this Q&A, Federico explains what his role will entail.