Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Homework Can Leave You Broke

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Homework Can Leave You Broke

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Byline: By Steven Oliver

Home workers are being exploited with some earning as little as 73p an hour, according to a report.

The Government was urged to implement international labour standards to improve pay and conditions for the million people who work from their homes in Britain.

Employment rights should be improved for homeworkers as well as agency and casual staff, urged the TUC, Oxfam and the National Group on Homeworking.

The three groups called on retailers to make sure people working overseas making goods for sale in the UK had decent pay and conditions.

Many workers had no minimum wage or sick pay and were forced to work overtime, said a report.

Phil Bloomer, head of Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign said: "Our research uncovers the double standards of retailers who claim they want to uphold the rights of workers in their supply chain, while at the same time make it impossible for their suppliers to do so by demanding cheaper products at the expense of workers' rights. …

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