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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...
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.
Workers in informal employment experience frequent workplace exposure to a range of occupational health and safety risks. The climate crisis poses an additional, existential threat to workers – with catastrophic impacts on workers’ health and livelihoods.
Heeding the United Nations call to share transformative approaches to local action on World Cities Day, Focal Cities Coordinator Jenna Harvey talked to Shalini Sinha and Avi Majithia of WIEGO’s Focal Cities Delhi team about their work to advance a more just and inclusive “people’s plan” in Delhi’s...
The African Union recently adopted a Protocol on Social Protection, which is significant because it means that the African Union now has a single binding instrument that addresses a broad range of social-protection issues.
Waste pickers at the Mbeubeuss dumpsite have set up their own cooperative in an effort to be integrated into the new waste management model put forward by the government.
The rhetoric of an easing COVID-19 pandemic obscures the array of occupational health and safety risks that the world’s informal workers still face and that have accumulated during the pandemic.
A recently launched report by the World Bank that provides guidance on how to expand Social Protection for the Informal Economy in Africa and beyond, requires a response.
Informal economy worker-led social protection schemes are certainly not a substitute for universal social protection, but they can play a key role in its realization.
It is fair to say that there are a number of legitimate and often complex challenges that governments face in expanding social protection to workers in the informal economy. These include legal, financial, administrative and institutional barriers. Yet, there are also plenty of examples from around...
Videos / Slideshows / Audio
Millions of women work long hours, in dangerous conditions, for little pay. They are fighting for change, with the help of ILO Convention 189 on Decent Work for Domestic Workers. Watch this video to learn how.
Workers Education/Organizing Materials
This manual helps street vendors learn more about the regulations that govern public space and how to defend the right to work in public space. It describes successful actions taken by street vendor organizations. And it offers information to help you organize and negotiate with local government.
WIEGO Working Papers
Mike Rogan reviews how informal workers are taxed, why there is growing interest in taxing them, and whether they should be included in the tax net.