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"Nothing about us without us":

A case study of the dynamics of the informal workplace at Mitchell's Plain Town Centre

By Pamhidzai Bamu and Jan Theron

Introduction

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has defined decent work as comprising four strategic objectives: creating jobs, guaranteeing rights at work, extending social protection, and promoting social dialogue. These objectives "hold for all workers, women and men, both in formal and informal economies; in wage employment or working on their own account".1 The concept therefore envisages that the term "worker(s)" is not confined to those who are in wage employment. Further, decent work envisages extending to workers in the informal economy the rights and protections that have hitherto been enjoyed only by workers in formal employment. These rights and protections, it should also be noted, have been developed primarily to cater for workers in standard employment relationships…

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