March 2022 – Since the full scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022, StreetNet International, a global alliance of street vendors in over 50 countries, and an affiliate of IFWEA, has been in constant communication with the leadership of their affiliate, the Free Trade Union of Entrepreneurs of Ukraine (VPPU). StreetNet is making an urgent call to establish a solidarity fund that will provide immediate economic assistance to its members.
VPPU is a 20,000-person strong union of market vendors and small scale entrepreneurs. Their work over the past decade has guaranteed employment to informal economy workers, especially in Kyiv where the majority of their members are based. The trade union has been a staunch defender of worker’s civil rights. They disseminate information and provide direct assistance to small businesses and their employees.
The city of Kyiv and all of Ukraine is under siege. VPPU members have sought refuge in various bomb shelters in the country and are in need of urgent assistance. For members in the Eastern and Southern regions of Ukraine, in particular, it is too dangerous to go outside. They lack food and basic necessities and are being supported by other members.
StreetNet has issues an urgent call to help street vendors in Ukraine. To find out more, and to donate to the fund, please click here