Homeworkers

Bringing the sweatshop into the home; homeworkers carry out their work in their own homes or small workshops rather than factories.

It is a rapidly growing part of the global economy, offering flexibility to employers and reduced production costs. But, it is also an area where workers are vulnerable to exploitation.

The sector is largely unregulated and workers lack employment rights. While workers suffer from the insecurity of the work, employers benefit from avoiding their responsibilities as employers, avoiding paid maternity leave, holiday pay, or pensions, avoiding responsibilities of providing adequate health and safety standards. Homeworkers also commonly lack access to trade unions and the protections that come with unionisation.