TITLE: Organizing Informal Workers into Trade Unions. A trade union guide

THEME: Precarious and Informal Work

TITLE: Organizing Informal Workers into Trade Unions. A trade union guide

PUBLISHED BY: The International Labour Organisation (ILO)

WHO IS THIS FOR? This report can be used by worker educators, informal worker leaders and activists who are focused on informal workers and the challenges they face.

The aim of this document is to offer practical guidance on how to address six institutional challenges in organising the informal economy into trade unions. The challenges are: who to organise; how to organise individuals and organisations; constitution and representation; dues structure and collection; services and benefits to be offered to informal economy workers; and how to secure a democratic culture and traditions in informal economy associations.

The guide relies on practical and important lessons on how to integrate the diverse group of informal economy workers and operators into the formal structures of the trade union movement. It also addresses the benefits and the challenges of organising informal economy workers, and hereby enacts and supports the implementation of Recommendation No. 204.

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