Interview with Adrian Martinez, Confederation of Self Employed Workers, CTCP

NSCAG News | on: Thursday, 27 October 2016

The CTCP has achieved incredible success since its formation in 2002 and now has around 65,000 members. The following is an interview with Adrian Martinez, General Secretary of the CTCP. The interview first appeared in Spanish in Tortilla con Sal. Translation into English by courtesy of Daragh Brady.

How would you sum up your achievements over the last ten years of our good government?

Well, before talking about the achievements in the last ten years of the government of

Comandante Daniel and Compañera Rosario[1], I want to say something about the sector, because when we talk about street sellers people think of them as layabouts, as dirty, as people who do nothing all day. Yet talking about self-employed workers is talking about a very important sector of the economy of this country. Later I’ll explain why this sector is economically important, both nationally and within the family.

One of our biggest achievements under the government of Comandante Daniel was, and it’s something of an ideological problem ……. street sellers were widely known as informal workers. The ones who have reclaimed this sector and have recognised its members as self-employed workers are Comandante Daniel and Compañera Rosario. So when we talk about informal work, what do we mean? We mean layabouts, thieves and robbers. And the first achievement is to reclaim this sector.

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