Informal Economy and Atypical Forms of Employment

The term “informal economy” refers to all economic activities by workers and economic units that are – in law or in practice – not covered or insufficiently covered by formal arrangements. Their activities are not included in the law, which means that they are operating outside the formal reach of the law; or they are not covered in practice, which means that – although they are operating within the formal reach of the law, the law is not applied or not enforced; or the law discourages compliance because it is inappropriate, burdensome, or imposes excessive costs.

ACTRAV supports trade union efforts to prevent normalization, to promote policies that create decent formal economy jobs and to organize unprotected workers.