The final blog in our series, hosted by BHRRC, looks at why organising is essential for Homeworkers. A really interesting read with lots of useful information for brands and suppliers on how the can improve their homeworker due diligence.
Homeworkers in Tirupur in Tamil Nadu, supported by our partner SAVE, have recently registered their own unorganised workers trade union, Anuhatham. Here they are joining the nationwide day of action called today by the Indian trade union movement, to resist the radical reform of labour law introduced in some parts of the country, in response to the pandemic - and also highlighting the particular vulnerability of homeworkers, who lack employment contracts, legal protection and social insurance. (Due to the lockdown, no more than five workers could congregate in any one place - so they held 30 mini-actions across the city!)
As the factories remain closed and subcontractors still have no work for homeworkers, our partner SAVE is continuing to provide emergency food supplies to support migrant families who are excluded from the limited government schemes. HWW has set up a Justgiving page here, so that you can support their efforts - HWW will then transfer the money raised to SAVE, to be used for their relief work.
In the third blog in the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Invisible Workers series, Lucy Brill from Homeworkers Worldwide explores the controversial relationship between homeworking and child labour, highlighting important new evidence that suggests that homeworking (when carried out by parents) can actually be good for children. Click on the link to read the full blog
In the second blog in the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Invisible Workers series, HWW’s academic adviser Annie Delaney from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia explains how addressing homeworking in supply chains is one of the most gender-friendly actions a brand can take.
HWW is delighted to announce the launch of the first of a series of blogs on Homeworking in the Leather Footwear Industry, with a piece entitled ‘Human rights due diligence can help home-based workers hidden in India’s Leather Industry’.
This was written by Pradeepan Ravi from Cividep India, and is hosted on the Business and Human rights Resource Centre website.
The blog series is the result of a collaboration between Pradeepan Ravi from Cividep India, Lucy Brill from Homeworkers Worldwide and Annie Delaney from RMIT university, Melbourne, Australia. Great to be working with you both on this!