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Invisible Workers: Realities of Home-based Labour

On International Labour Day 2020, we are launching a blog miniseries to amplify the acute struggles of home-based workers in global supply chains. This miniseries will spotlight the realities this particularly at-risk group are facing and reflect on how their situation can be improved moving forward. The home-based workforce are an especially vulnerable group of workers in global supply chains. Typically, they work in isolation, in or around their homes producing goods or providing services for a wide range of industries. Most home-based workers are women, who form a large informal global economy of “invisible” workers because they are rarely covered by government and company labour policies. They are often paid piecemeal rates and have little or no access to social protection. Their already precarious situation has been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic that exposes home-based workers to even greater vulnerabilities as brands cancel their orders, leaving workers to face enormous economic losses that threaten their livelihoods. This blog series will platform concerns facing home-based workers and share solutions for how the business community and policymakers can respond. This miniseries is in partnership with CIVIDEP.

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