Network of Homebased Workers
in South Asia

Issues of Homebased Workers

The key problems faced by Homebased workers are characteristically as follows:-

1)
Invisibility: Invisible to policymakers and to the general public, as well as to the final consumers of goods and services they provide.
2)
Lack of voice.
3)
Lack Collective bargaining skills
4)
Low and/or irregular incomes.
5)
Lack of social security not being covered under most of the social protection schemes.
6)
Low productivity and poor technology
7)
Lack of capital to make improvements in tools, technologies, raw materials, storage areas, and other livelihood-related necessities.
8)
Lack of sufficient resources for health, safety, security and other needs that allow Homebased workers to pursue their economic activities.
9)
Inadequate housing and habitat (environmental) conditions:- work from home in poor, cramped spaces with bad lighting and ventilation.
10)
Many Homebased workers are overworked and are exposed to dangerous chemicals and unhealthy and even toxic substances. Family members, including children, are also exposed to these occupational hazards, thus they lack occupational health and safety
11)
Homebased workers – especially women workers -- have little access to education and skills, including the information and skills needed to sell their own products in the market.

All these problems help create conditions that allow the exploitation of Homebased workers by middlemen and contractors. It is important to reverse these contributing factors to enable Homebased workers to avoid exploitation, and become empowered and take charge of their own futures.

(As approved by the Board of Trustees on 05.09.2014)

I. PURPOSE OF HOMENET SOUTH ASIA :

The structure of an organization or a network depends on what it’s purpose and strategies are.

Vision Statement

HomeNets in South Asia envisions a scenario in which Homebased Workers are visible, protected, promoted, empowered ..

Newsletter,Issue 1