The Congress of South African Trade Unions in partnership with the Innternational Labour Organization (ILO), the Labour Service Organizations, Trade Unions and all organizations organizing workers in the informal economy are meeting for a workshop and Policy Dialogue, scheduled for three(3) days in Johannesburg, South Africa.
‘We have interacted with the ILO Blue Report around ‘the formalization of the informal economy’, and COSATU is working on the ground with its structures and like-minded organizations, to organize vulnerable workers and all workers in the informal sectors’, said Comrade Theo Steele, COSATU Organizing Secretary.
The first discussion was on the review of and analysing where we have reached so far emanating from the June 2014 the 103rd Session of International Labour Conference in Geneva’, said Cde Steele
‘COSATU implemented the CEC decision to have a functional Task Team on Vulnerable Workers, commonly known as the VWTT’.
‘Unions organizing in the informal sectors, Street Traders and Domestic Workers Union, are some of the prominent participants’, said Cde Steele.
The ILO coming 104th Session, amongst others, will consider all consultative feedback from all stakeholders, to promote labour standards and decent work agenda.
‘Implementing a decent work agenda a reality in all member states of the ILO. must tackle all issues facing informal and migrant workers everyday’, elaborated Cde Steele
‘Many workers are ‘forced’ out of the formal economy by retrenchments, migration of capital and also hardships from the perenial economic meltdown’, argued Cde Steele
Making a presentation on dynamics in the informal economy, Brother Mamadou Diallo from the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) said ‘workers must debate what is their living wage, and what variables must be factored to arrive at a particular figure. And such debates must evolve around comprehensive social security’.
Many countries are facing different conditions based on their economic disposition and therefore ILO benchmarks are ideal to assist workers, to fight for better working conditions.
The workshop is attended, amongst others, by COSATU, FEDUSA, NACTU, WIEGO, NALEDI, CEPPWAWU, SAMWU, SADSAWU, SAITA, MWASA, Chris Hani Institute, StreetNet, and SAWPA.
On the last day, a Tripartite Policy Dialogue will be held to debate on how to the transition from the informal to the formal economy.
Some of the Panelists will include Representatives of the informal workers, Ms. Inviolata Chinyangarara from ILO, Theo Steele from COSATU, Brother Mamadou Diallo from ITUC International(Brussels).
Organized Business and Government Representatives are also expected to speak.
A Transition from the informal to the formal economy must become a reality.
A Declaration will be released after ILO workshop.
Meanwhile, the participants will express their condemnation on the cases of xenophobic attacks reported in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng in South Africa.
NB: COSATU has released a Joint Statement with the SACP to condemn attacks on foreign Nationals which may be perused on www.cosatu.org.za
Source : Congress of South African Trade Unions