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Theme: Informal Economy
India Is India ready for a universal basic income scheme? Daily O . (12 January 2017)
By Chakraborty, Angshukanta.

India has already done two pilot projects in Madhya Pradesh, led by British labour economist Guy Standing and Indian development economist Renana Jhabvala, the national coordinator of the Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), to test the UBI and the results have been positive.

China China: the secret lives of urban waste pickers The Guardian . (10 January 2017)
By Tang, Damin.

Chinadialogue interviews two sociologists who have documented the hidden lives of waste pickers in recycling communities on the outskirts of Beijing. These sociologists wrote "Living with Waste: Economies, Communities and Spaces of Waste Collectors in China," a book which is available in Chinese.

Malawi Stop Gender Violence Against Women - Mctu All Africa . (9 January 2017)
By Ndhlovu, Andrew.

Malawi Congress of Trade Union (MCTU) outgoing Secretary General, Pontius Kalichero, has called for an end to gender based violence towards women in work places.

India FSSAI for hygienic street food in capital. DNA India . (7 January 2017)
By Saxena, Astha.

Don’t be surprised if you find a golgappe wala wearing an apron, gloves, cap and T-shirt while serving the delicious snack to you. On par with international standards, street food vendors in Delhi will now be following proper health and hygiene standards before serving you any food item.

Pakistan Violence against child labourers flayed Nation . (6 January 2017)

HomeNet Pakistan and civil society organisations condemned increasing incidents of violence against child domestic labourers in major cities including Lahore and Islamabad.

Zimbabwe Vendors laugh off ban, blame typhoid on govt New Zimbabwe . (6 January 2017)

Thousands of vendors operating in central Harare have defied a goverment "ban" on the selling of vegetables and fruits in an effort to stop the spread of thyphoid, saying the state must first give them jobs.

India Mumbai hawker law's residency requirement targets migrants, vendors say. Thomson Reuters Foundation . (6 January 2017)
By Chandran, Rina.

India's western Maharashtra state has passed a law requiring street hawkers to have lived in the state for 15 years before they can apply for a license, in a move vendors say unfairly targets poor migrants.


The Bishop Tji Haksoon Justice & Peace Foundation in South Korea formally announced on January 3 that the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) will be the 20th Justice and Peace Award winner in 2017.


Read official letter from the Chairman of the Tji Hak-Soon Justice & Peace Foundation to the IDWF.

By Marriott, Red.

Amid the embarrassment of global public exposure of murderous working conditions, and under pressure from leading clothing brands, Western governments, unions and NGOs, some reforms were introduced.

By Sridharan, Vasudevan.

Local union alleges more than 3,500 workers were laid off as protests snowballed. Hundreds of garment workers in Bangladesh have been sacked after demanding higher wages and launching demonstrations. More such action is expected against workers from several factories in Ashulia, a suburb near capital Dhaka, from where clothes for big Western brands such as Zara, Gap and H&M are produced.