Invisible, Unrecognised And Exploited The Case For A Policy For Home-Based Workers

Invisible, Unrecognised And Exploited The Case For A Policy For Home-Based Workers

12 Jun 2018

There are many such Mayas in South Asia as well as around the world. They are informal sector workers who are involved in the production of goods or services directly for the market or an employer for remuneration. They work from their homes or adjoining areas. 

Home-based workers are of two categories. The self-employed workers who have their own businesses, like, home-run tailoring units. But more often, they tend to be sub-contracted, piece rate workers, like Maya. They source work from vendors and contractors and work across a variety of industries, like bidi-rollers or embroiderers embellishing clothing for high-street brands or even engaged in packaging and finishing of garments. 

By some estimates, there are 100 million home-based workers worldwide, of which 50 million are in South Asia. India is home to 37.4 million home-based workers (according to the National Sample Survey Organisation statistics for 2011-12) while there are nearly one million in Nepal (according to Labour Force Survey 2008).

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