Homeworkers Worldwide has produced a discussion document looking at how India’s homebased workers are being excluded from the EU-India Free Trade Agreement negotiations.
Europe is negotiating a trade deal with India. However the deal has failed to recognise the role of workers in the informal economy, many of whom are women working in their own homes, or the impact that the FTA could have on them. This paper is a discussion document which gives an overview to the negotiations and summarises some of the key criticisms that have been levelled by civil society organisations. It then analyses the likely impact for homebased workers and calls for recognition of the important role that homebased workers and other informal workers play in the Indian economy and for a deal that recognises the gendered implications of increased liberalisation.
This discussion document should be of interest to anyone concerned with homeworkers, and how trade agreements can impact upon their labour rights and livelihoods.