Greener Journal of Social Sciences
Vol. 9(2), pp. 52-56, 2019
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The Rights of Informal-Sector Workers in Cameroon
Joseph KIJEM YUH
Senior Translator, Central Bureau for Censuses and Population Studies (BUCREP), Yaounde – Cameroon, and Human Rights Consultant
Kijem Joseph Yuh is a holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Translation Studies , a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law / Humanitarian Action as well as a Doctoral Degree in Political Science (Speciality: Human Rights Education)
Article No.: 0701019134
Type: Short Comm.
Taking cognizance of the fact that Cameroon is now experiencing an economic crisis which has severely affected the labour market, many Cameroonians have resorted to survival means in the informal sector. Initially, this endeavour was not coordinated and streamlined because of the contemptuous impression Cameroonians, especially public authorities, had about the informal sector.
Recently, there has been an increasing interest in the activities of the sector on the part of the Cameroonian Government and informal-sector actors themselves. To this end, the contractual, organizational, training and social-security rights of these actors have been brought to the limelight especially at the theoretical level or the level of publications. At the practical level, despite the setting up of a structure (the Integrated Support Project for Informal Sector Actors) which is out to protect and promote the rights of informal-sector workers in Cameroon, the said rights have not experienced any significant or substantial improvement.
It is against this bleak background that this article proposes some solutions aimed at remedying the situation so as to upgrade the status, integrity and welfare of informal-sector operators.
The said proposed solutions or recommendations will not only improve the economic and financial capacity of these operators as well as provide decent jobs for them; they will also boost the economy of Cameroon, since most of the workers of this economy are in the private sector.
It should be noted that, though still useful, this article was written a few years ago.
Joseph Kijem Yuh
E-mail: yuh750@ gmail.com
Keywords: Crisis; Informal Sector; Actors; Rights; Status; Integrity; Welfare Operators; Jobs
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1) Jonas Tchakoa, “The Role of the Informal Economic Sector (IES) in African Urban Economics During Economic Crisis and Liberalisation: The Case of Yaounde City” in Kengne Fodouop and Alain Metton (eds), Economie Informelle et Développement dans les Pays du Sud à l’Ere de la Mondialisation (2000), Yaounde, Presses Universitaires de Yaounde
B) INTERNATIONAL INSTRUMENTS
2) Convention on Human Resources Development [(C142) /1975]
3) Convention on the Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organize [(87)/1948]
4) Minimum Wage Fixing Convention [(C131) /1970]
5) International Social Security Association (ISSA) Constitution
C) NATIONAL INSTRUMENTS
6) Cameroon Labour Code (1992)
7) Decree No 81/497 of 23 November 1969
8) Decree No 73/659 of 22 October 1973
9) Decree No 2008/3447/PM of 31 December 2008
Cite this Article: Kijem Yuh, J (2019). The Rights of Informal-Sector Workers in Cameroon. Greener Journal of Social Sciences, 9(2): 52-56, https://doi.org/10.15580/GJSS.2019.2.071019134.
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