Transport Unions adopt Charter of Rights for Informal Workers

ITF affiliates unanimously adopted an Informal Transport Workers’ Charter at the conclusion of the Evaluation Workshop of the ITF Informal Workers Project, held in Kampala, 26-28 July 2016. The Charter sets out a series of demands for basic rights, recognition, working conditions and welfare, providing a campaign and collective bargaining tool for unions organising and […]


25/08/2016

Informal transport workers belong to the ITF family

  From 26-28th July, a Project Evaluation Workshop was held in Kampala, Uganda, which brought together mentor unions from the ITF Informal Transport Workers’ Project along with their “mentoree” unions and representatives of the ITF, to reflect on the achievements and challenges of the project. All the participating unions celebrated their strong recognition of the […]


04/08/2016

NEPAL: E-Rickshaw Driver Union holds founding convention

  On July 14th 2016 the founding convention of the E-Rickshaw Driver Union was successfully held in Damak City, Nepal. The new E-Rickshaw Driver Union has been established with the support of NETWON – one of two ITF Informal Transport Worker “mentor unions” based in Nepal. The union is currently running in Nepal’s 22 districts […]


20/07/2016

NEPAL: Nepal E-Rickshaw Driver Union officially registered by government

On May 4th the newly formed Nepal E-Rickshaw Driver Union was officially registered as a NEWTON-affiliate by the government of Nepal. The new union is the first e-rickshaw (electronic rickshaw) union to be registered by the government and is due to hold its founding congress in the coming weeks. Supported by the ITF Informal Transport […]


11/05/2016

Informal sector workers in Gujarat win health care, social security with first identity cards

After years of campaigning the IUF-affiliated Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) won a major victory for informal sector workers in the state of Gujarat in the form of government issued identity cards. The identity cards are the first held by informal sector workers, identifying them as workers and granting access to free health insurance, accident insurance […]


24/03/2016

EAST AFRICA: Workshop Report from Nairobi “Negotiations & Strategy Training” now available

The GLI Report from the “Negotiations & strategy training for leaders/organisers of informal transport workers” workshop held in Nairobi in February is now available to download here: GLI Report: East African negotiation & strategy workshop, Nairobi [Feb 2016] The Nairobi workshop was organised to provide collective bargaining training to leaders and organisers of informal transport […]


16/03/2016

NEPAL: “E-rickshaw – Not the cause of , But the solution to Pollution” – report on e-rickshaw organising now available

“E-rikshaw – Not the cause of , But the solution to Pollution ” is the slogan of the recently formed Nepal E-rikshaw Drivers Union, which is affiliated one of Nepal’s national transport unions – NETWON. A report is now available to download documenting the progress of NETWON’s organising of e-rickshaw drivers in Nepal, and in […]


15/03/2016

Kenya: East African transport unions welcome crackdown on matatu police corruption

Transport union officials from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania at a meeting in Nairobi (organised by the ITF Informal Transport Workers Project) have welcomed newspaper reports that the Kenyan National Police Service Commission (NPSC) will crack down on police harassment and corruption in matatu (minivan) public transport. They also welcomed proposals to ban traffic police from […]


14/03/2016

NEPAL: Nepalese unions celebrate International Women’s Day

On March 8th, the Independent Transport Workers’ Association of Nepal (ITWAN) and Nepal Yatayat Majdur Sangh (NETWON) organised a joint event in Kathmandu to celebrate International Women’s Day. The event brought together around 150 women from both unions, including members of the Joint Women’s Committee. Participants were addressed by leaders of both unions, as well […]


Cambodia: IDEA and the ITF condemn arrests and beatings of transport workers in Phnom Penh

[Warning – violent content] Video of attacks on protesting bus drivers in Phnom Penh (courtesy of Licadho-Cambodia)  The Independent Democracy of Informal Economy Association (IDEA) – an ITF-affiliated union of informal workers in Cambodia – has condemned a brutal attack on a group of protesting bus drivers and their supporters which took place on February […]


15/02/2016