Organizing informal economy workers remain focus through ILO assisted program

  • May 30, 2022

 

The ILO project on “Informal Economies Recovery”  has concluded  with vast importance  given to assisting workers who were now part of the Informal economy as a result of the pandemic.  The short yet crucial highlighted the need for unions to engage vigorously in organizing activities to attract and serve workers who had transited to  non-formal mode of employment.

Through this project, we were able to :

  • build on capacities of our organizers who are part of the FTUC National Organizing Academy
  • develop strategies for various sectors to organize these workers
  • share, learn  and network with unions in the pacific who had already organized successfully in emerging sectors during the pandemic
  • where possible form new associations or  recruit members to become part of  existing unions

The multi agency collaboration was  the result of   recommendations included in the  ILO / FTUC Rapid Assessment survey report  found here : https://ftuc.org.fj/ftuc-rapid-assessment-report/

The ILO component of the project focuses on Improved employment and business environment in the informal sector through sustainable businesses, access to social security and organising. The Union  related output is on  organizing component and focusses on informal sector workers  in agri and creative industries  establish  links to national workers and employer organisations .

Our interventions focussed to achieve :

  • a voice and protection to all workers including those operating in the informal economy to strengthen occupational health and safety measures;
  • Lobbying government and private sector to provide adequate protective equipment, ensure income security and social protection;
  • Prevent discrimination and exclusion of workers in the informal economy to raise public awareness about the positive contributions of informal economy workers to society;
  • Organise informal economy workers into trade unions to defend their interests and protect their rights;
  • Working together with the ILO and UN to ensure decent work for all .

Here is a short video summarizing the activities and impact  of this initiative :

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