Facilitating Transitions from the Informal to the Formal Economy
In June 2015, the International Labour Conference (ILC) adopted the new international labour standard, the Transition from the Informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204). The landmark Recommendation is the first-ever international labour standard specifically for the informal economy, and provides a roadmap for policies to facilitate transition from the informal to the formal economy in the ILO's 186 member States.
In 2013, WIEGO and SEWA participated in the tri-partite Experts Meeting at the ILO. In 2014, WIEGO organized three regional workshops — in Africa, Asia and Latin America — where informal workers gave their input into a WIEGO Network Platform on transitioning from the informal to the formal economy. The Network platform is available in English, French, Spanish and Russian.
In 2015, coordinated by Chris Bonner, Karin Pape and Pat Horn under WIEGO’s Organizational and Representation Programme, a delegation of 32 informal workers’ representatives, supported by WIEGO, returned to the second part of the negotiations at the ILC 104rd Session in Geneva. Informal workers participated during discussions to ensure their voices were directly heard (see videos below).
The Recommendation contains many provisions that are supportive of informal workers and their rights, including:
- freedom of association and collective bargaining
- social protection
- occupational health and safety
- access for use of public space and access to public natural resources
- gender equality.
It provides that livelihoods are preserved and improved during the process of transition. The task now is to ensure its implementation.
News and related links
- Myths & Facts about the Informal Economy and Workers in the Informal Economy
- Informality and Illegality: Unpacking the Relationship
- Rethinking Formalization: The WIEGO Perspective
- Six Myths about Informal Economy Statistics
- Informal Workers and Collective Bargaining: Five Case Studies
- Toward a Common Framework for Informal Employment, WIEGO Working Paper No. 26
- ILC looks at the role of cooperatives
- Facilitating transitions from the informal to the formal economy
- ILO adopts historic labour standard to tackle the informal economy
- Transition from the informal to the Formal Economy Recommendation, 2015 (No. 204)
- 104th Session of the International Labour Conference