Informal economy workers’ organizations across the global economy are calling on governments at all levels to partner on relief, recovery and resilience efforts that are emerging from the grassroots during this time of unprecedented crisis.
Lockdowns and other restrictions to contain COVID-19 are negatively impacting 81% of the world’s 3.3 billion workers, according to the International Labour Organization. Fully 61% of that global workforce – some two billion workers – are informally employed. In developing countries, they make up 90% of total employment.
The International Domestic Workers Federation, StreetNet International, HomeNet South Asia, HomeNet Southeast Asia, HomeNet Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Global Alliance of Waste Pickers – as members of the WIEGO Network – are urging policymakers to implement a list of principles in all their emergency relief and recovery actions, and in their strategies to manage public health and economic activity. Read more