ILO Convention 177 on homework and Why it should be ratified

ILO Convention 177 on homework and Why it should be ratified

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Homeworkers are part of a broader category of workers called home-based workers.  It  is the location or place of work that characterizes home-based workers. 

There are two main types of home-based workers. (i)  sub-contracted or piece rate workers and contributing family  members also referred to as homeworkers, engaged in the production of goods and services for the market in their homes  or in nearby areas.  They  could be contracted by a firm, an individual entrepreneur, traders, subcontractors or other  intermediaries and are usually given the raw materials and are paid a stated amount per piece produced. These workers do not have any direct contact with the markets for the goods they produce. Convention 177 addresses the needs and concerns of this category of workers,  ie.  homeworkers.  (ii)  'Own account workers' who are self-employed  and buy their own raw materials and are generally in direct contact with the market.