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Informal Economy

Informal Economy
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João , wage worker

João works for a toy store as a wage employee. He would like to get a proper contract but he had no choice as it was the only job he found. Although the toy store is registered and has more than 10 with regular contracts, João is among the five non-registered workers. Notwithstanding João performs the same activities of the registered workers as a seller, he is not entitled to sick leave, unemployment insurance, sickness allowance, accident assistance, family allowances, maternity pay, retirement, paid vacation, Christmas bonus, safety and health at work, paid weekly rest, etc. João does not know he can make a complaint to the Ministry of Labour, which should keep his identity confidential. So, he is afraid of losing his job.

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