This brief report provides an outline of our main areas of work and achievements for the year 2014.
Reports and research
From 2011 to 2013, Homeworkers Worldwide (HWW) worked with Women Working Worldwide (WWW) on a project funded under the DfID RAGS scheme to work towards improvement of working conditions of women workers in the garments and textile sector. Our work focussed on Tamil Nadu, India where we and our partners worked with women homeworkers in the textile city of Tirupur, and with young women and girls from rural Pudukkottai who are recruited to work and live on-site in spinning mills and garment factories. Both groups of workers face significant rights abuses, with bonded and forced labour present in the mills and factories in particular.
This two-page briefing document summarises the main findings of the full Homeworking: Here and Now report, and includes our policy recommendations in full.
Find out about HWW's work and achievements in 2012. Learn more about our projects in India and the UK, and our work and networking around the world.
This is a report based on research of the Northern Homeworking Project between 2010 and 2011. The report 'Homeworking Here and Now' explores the working lives of homeworkers in Northern England, and identifies the obstacles they face as they seek to earn a living from home. If you experience any difficulties printing this publication, try saving it to your computer first, then printing from there.
In October 2010, Homeworkers Worldwide visited Kaloian, the homeworkers’ association in Petrich in the South West of Bulgaria. We had discussions with members of Kaloian and visited seven women doing homework. After twenty years of ‘democracy’, women in Petrich are once more in crisis and anxious about how they and their families are going to survive. In the mid-2000s, the economic situation began to improve. But the current crisis has had a deep impact. Factories and workshops have closed and it is difficult to find work. While the supply of homework has become more irregular, it is still the main source of income for many families. You can read a summary of our visit in the Bulgaria section of this website or download a full report here.
In November of 2009, homebased workers founded the first trade union for homebased workers in Turkey - Ev-Ek-Sen. After many years working in local projects as well as national and international networks, Ev-Ek-Sen has been officially registered. However, according to Turkish law, only workers registered for social security have the legal right to form a trade union. Since homebased workers are not officially recognised as workers, Ev-Ek-Sen is going to have to fight a protracted legal campaign to win the right to exist. The union has issued a declaration calling for support from all those who have a common interest in this struggle for the right of freedom of association and for workers' rights for homebased workers.
Successful organizing in the informal sector has occurred through homeworker mapping. Homeworker mapping refers to a vertical and horizontal mapping programme based on principles of participation and education through action research. This paper explores homeworker mapping as a successful organizing strategy by examining primary documents from homeworker organizations.
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 briefing is by former HWW staff member Ruth Bergan, and we are grateful to Ruth for the work she has done completing the document in her own time since leaving HWW. Thanks also to Jane Tate for her comments and input.
As part of the activities of the Bolivia Women’s Centre in 2006, alliances with various organisations and institutions allowed us to continue work of organisation of Home-based women workers. To this end the FIRST DEPARTMENTAL CONGRESS OF WOMEN (MEN) HOMEBASED WORKERS took place in the city of La Paz on the 28th of September.