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 […]

July 20, 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 […]

May 11, 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 […]

March 24, 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 […]

March 16, 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 […]

March 15, 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 […]

March 14, 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 […]

February 15, 2016

NEPAL: NETWON organise les conducteurs de rickshaw électriques en syndicat pour la première fois

NETWON est un des deux syndicats mentors pour le projet des travailleurs informels du transport de l’ITF dans la région de l’Asie du Sud. Du 5 au 7 Janvier, NETWON a tenu un atelier d’éducation de 3 jours pour les conducteurs de rickshaw électriques à Butwal, une région à l’Ouest du Népal. L’atelier a rassemblé […]

February 1, 2016

NEPAL: NETWON organises e-rickshaw drivers into a union for the first time

From the 5th – 7th January, NETWON held a three day of education workshop for e-rickshaw drivers in Butwal, in the western region of Nepal. The workshop brought together the NETWON district committee leadership with e-rickshaw drivers working in region to discuss the problems faced by e-rickshaw drivers, and to formulate strategies about how to […]

January 25, 2016