Friday, May 09, 2008

TUC Commission on Vulnerable Employment report

Grim news in the TUC's excellent new Commission on Vulnerable Employment report. In a timely reminder that many homeworkers are not enjoying marvellous home-life balances, the report compares the exploitation of workers today to those in Dickens' time and quite rightly says this is intolerable, especially since much of it is taking place within a legal framework that fails to prevent exploitation. Among the many workers they interviewed were of course plenty of homeworkers who told them "about lifetimes of poverty, being paid less than £1 per item of clothing they sewed, and receiving no paid holiday or sickness leave". If you only click through one link from this site today, this should be it.

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