Waste Pickers During the Covid-19 Crisis: Pathways of Impact and Recovery in Five Cities
THEME: Precarious and Informal Work
TITLE: Waste Pickers During the Covid-19 Crisis: Pathways of Impact and Recovery in Five Cities
PUBLISHED BY: Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)
WHO IS THIS FOR: Over the Covid-19 period, WIEGO, working in collaboration with member-based organizations of workers and their allies, assessed the impact of the crisis on different groups of informal workers, including waste pickers, through a longitudinal multi-city study.
This report presents findings from the eight study cities where waste pickers were part of the sample: Accra, Ghana; Ahmedabad, India; Dakar, Senegal; Delhi, India; Durban, South Africa; Lima, Peru; Mexico City, Mexico; and New York City, United States of America. This unique dataset provides evidence and insights on the degree and pathways of impact of the Covid-19 crisis on waste pickers, including a decrease in monthly earnings, and an increase in heavier physical labour. Those working on the informal sector, including unionists, policy-makers, worker educators and researchers, will find this useful.