Home-based workers who are subcontracted by global supply chains (often called homeworkers) have not received orders or regular orders have not been renewed for weeks, even months.

"Home workers are last in line to benefit from any help being provided by brands, manufacturers or governments, "

Janhavi Dave of HNSA told Anuradha Nagaraj in this Thomson Reuters Foundation article.

"Many have not been paid since February and they are not expecting work for at least six more months. "

Home-based workers around the globe have been organizing, and demanding that governments provide support as they are for other workers:


HomeNet International Working Group: Home-based Workforce Calls for Protections to Survive the COVID-19 Crisis

Joint Statement: HomeNet South Asia (HNSA), HomeNet South East Asia (HNSEA),Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO), and the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) Demand a COVID-19 Supply-Chain Relief Contribution from Brands for all Garment Workers, July 2020 (Español)

AFWA Statement on Garment Workers’ Demands in the face of COVID-19 Crisis

Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Latin America and the Caribbean

Coordinadora Regional de Organizaciones de Trabajadores y Trabajadras en Domicilio de América Latina y el Caribe (COTRADO ALAC): Declaration on COVID-19 (English and Spanish)