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Informal economy workers are ‘REAL WORKERS’

Aya Matsuura, Chief Technical Advisor of ILO’s Way out of informality project, stresses on the need for formalization and safeguarding the rights of the informal economy workers.

Date issued: 23 March 2017 | Size/duration: 00:03:48

Informality is found in both the traditional informal economy and – increasingly – through the growth of informality in the formal sector. Aya Matsuura, Chief Technical Advisor of Way out of Informality project, talks of the varied challenges for workers in the informal economy who despite contributing to local economies often go unrecognized and excluded from labour laws. On top of this, they also don’t enjoy the ‘worker’ status and tend to face discriminatory practices and poor employment conditions.

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