New CAE working paper on the informal economy in Kenya and Tanzania

This working paper examines the ongoing and contested reconceptualizing of who is to be represented by the trade union movement in Tanzania and Kenya.

In order to include informal workers, a new and broader understanding of who a worker is becomes necessary. This in turn poses difficult questions about rights, entitlements, representation and distribution of resources and political power – both within the trade union movement and in the broader societal context. Using original interview data, the paper reveals different trade union strategies towards balancing the dilemmas posed by including informal workers into the trade union movement with some distinguishable patterns related to differences in the nature of the employment relations of the informal workers.

For more, read the working paper by Lone Riisgaard, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences and Business, Roskilde University, and head of the SPIWORK research team.