Traidcraft - October 2020
In the last few months, there has been a lot of working from home in the UK , thanks to the changes that coronavirus has made to the way we live. Balancing working from home with childcare has been very difficult for lots of people. For thousands of women in India, working excessively long hours from home while looking after children and running a household isn’t new....it is how things have always been for them.
These women are invisible in the supply chain.They are paid by the piece, making jewellery or painstakingly hand stitching details on to clothing and accessories we buy here in the UK. Factories use local subcontractors who in turn recruit local women. These women have no bargaining power and desperately need the income.They have none of the rights of employment... no pension, job security, maternity pay or right to set working hours. These women are the ‘hidden hands’ and they are paid as little as 30p for 8 hours work.
Now many have not received orders since February as the market has collapsed due to the pandemic. Without formal rights, they cannot get government support available to registered workers and they are facing increased poverty and some have been forced to turn to money lenders with exorbitant interest rates.
Traidcraft are trying to support these hidden workers and to get them the same rights as all workers.
If you would like to help go online to:
At the moment and for the foreseeable future, we are unable to run our monthly Traidcraft stall in the porch room ...however, we are taking orders.. If you would like to order anything, please contact myself or Deborah Smith. (01453 883611)
Jackie Natt 01453 731018