newsEngineering News reports that a network of organisations representing informal workers in SA – who number about five-million – has lamented the lack of recognition of the challenges the sector faces in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.  

The organisations called on government, trade union federations and big business to ensure that in all upcoming Nedlac discussions, representatives of organised workers in the informal economy were invited to participate to present the perspectives of workers in the informal economy, including self-employed workers.  The organisations also requested that employers of informal workers not be allowed to send staff home with no pay amid the current crisis.  Considering that most of such workers live day-by-day on small incomes, the organisations called on government to make urgent arrangements to redirect funds from the Unemployment Insurance Fund surplus, from large events that have been cancelled and from other sources to support them.  The organisations also requested the establishment of a Living Cash Grant to all informal workers, regardless of nationality.


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