Informal Sector Workers - NOSE


National Organization for Self Employed

About Us

NOSE - National Organization for Self Employed is a movement started for the poor, unorganized and unprotected self employed especially women workers in the year 2010 by a group of activist. These are people who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are the unprotected labour force of our community constituting 90% of the labour force, these are workers of the unorganized sector.

Our Missio
NOSE will organize and enhance informal workers including domestic workers to articulate their rights while working towards an adequate income & social protection of informal workers.

Our Vision
Recognize the roles of the  workers in informal sectors as WORK or EMPLOYMENT as WORK others in the formal sectors. Thus the status and position of the women working as domestic servants and as sub contractors of various services (i.e. cleaning , cooking, child and elders care, gardener ) shall be able to get formal employment status and thereby reduce their exclusion and vulnerabilities.

NOSE Membership
NOSE  members are workers who have no fixed employee-employer relationship and depend on their own labour for survival. They are poor, illiterate and vulnerable. They barely have any assets or working capital. But they are extremely economically active, contributing very significantly to the economy of the society with their labour. In fact, % of GDP is accounted for by the self – employed of our country. There are three types of self-employed workers that are focused by NOSE as unorganized:

Domestic workers. Home-based workers like tailors, Food processors, backyard poultry & animal husbandry, home gardening including flower nurseries and cooking & vending etc

Hawkers, vendors and small businesses like vegetable and other vendors of food items, household goods, agriculture and small scale tea growers

Manual laborers & Service providers like agricultural labourers, construction workers, Auto drivers, mechanics and contract labourers

Key strategies and activities:

Organizing the informal worker in all sector

Lobby the Government to recognise Domestic Work and other informal sector “ Work as Work” like other sector.

To carry out advocacy programs to mobilize the tripartite stakeholders to influence the decision making authorities to speedy retify the ILO Convention 189 on domestic work

Educate  them using various ways and means on the importance of organizing and to raise their collective voice to strenghthen right based women's organization to secure and safegaurd their worker rights & human rights issues

Communication network is to be estabilished to receive grievances or complains on right based violations…ect and continue to mobilize and educate.

In the cases of grievances or rights violation support systems to be estabilished and linked with required duty bearers and service providers.

Act as a pressure group to influence the labour  ministry authorities to estabilish to safegauard  worker rights and strengthen  social security system to informal sector worker specially the domestic workers.

To estabilish link and coordination with the national,regional and international organizations which has the same objectives and conduct joined education program with them.

Conduct training programme:

Revolving loan to members.

Organise and Commemeration of International importance days.


We are at:

24,Bandaranayake Mawatte,

Tele / Fax ;  + 94 ( 0 )55 22 29 598