Here’s an update from Cividep India on the situation of homeworkers handstitching leather uppers in Tamil Nadu .. as informal workers, homeworkers were particularly hard hit by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns .. supply chain disruption and the failure of many brands to pay for completed orders has meant that many homeworkers have also not been paid for work that was done in good faith. It’s great to hear that Cividep has been able to bring some of these workers together, to share their experiences and look for ways to take action.
Today, 20th October, is International Home-based workers Day.
We’re remembering all the women around the world who work within their homes making clothes and other products for large retailers.
Check out this great video challenging the big brands to do more to improve their working conditions, and this blog, written by Annie Delany, highlighting the devastating impact of the covid-19 pandemic on their livelihoods.
Covid-19 has had a huge affect on us all. Homeworkers have been particularly affected and the consequences are devastating. With no work they have no income. And with no income they cannot pay their rent, or afford to send their children to school, or buy food to eat. Some are forced into taking out loans just in order to eat. Rohan Preece from Traidcraft Exchange, our partners on the Hidden Homeworkers Project, has written a blog telling the stories of 3 women homeworkers – Kavita, Rupa, and Jenny
Every day in the UK, even through the pandemic, we buy thousands of garments and shoes. Homeworkers often help to make these clothes - yet many brands don’t even recognise that these workers are likely to exist within their supply chain. The work done by homeworkers is often very skilled and labour intensive. They are a vital part of the manufacturing process however this hidden workforce is often completely overlooked, paid an absolute pittance and denied their legal rights as workers.
Homeworkers should have the same rights as all workers. Without exception.
Our partners, Traidcraft Exchange, have just launched their Hidden Hands campaign, which addresses these issues and calls for equality amongst all workers. Join their campaign today
The devastating effects of Covid-19 are still rippling through the garment industry in South Asia. Homeworkers are amongst the most vulnerable workers within the supply chain and are facing extreme hardship as a consequence of the pandemic.
Our partners HNSA have joined forces with WIEGO , AFWA and HNSEA to release a joint statement calling on brands to make a supply-chain relief contribution (SRC) to compensate the wage loss of all their production workers, including time-rated, piece-rated, subcontracted and homeworkers.
Brands need to recognise the homeworkers within their supply chain as the hard-working women workers that they are, and give them the same rights as their sisters in the factories!