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By
Leslie Vryenhoek, with files from Laura Morillo
Les travailleurs à domicile sont parmi les travailleuse•eur•s les plus invisibles et les plus négligé•e•s du monde, et connaissent trop bien la précarité des revenus et l'isolement. Cependant, elles et ils s'organisent de plus en plus. La crise de la COVID-19 a mis en évidence la grande valeur que l’association collective peut avoir pour les individus et pour les communautés. Ce blog fourni des exemples sur comment les travaillese•eur•s à domicile ont su relever les défis par l’adaptation.
By
Marty Alter Chen

On March 24, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, announced a 21-day lockdown across India to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. The very next day, recognizing that the lockdown would break the food supply chain, the Municipal Corporation of Ahmedabad, India, announced an innovative initiative called “Vegetables on Wheels” to deliver fresh vegetables and milk to curfew wards of the city by e-rickshaws (electric 3-wheel rickshaws).        

By
Carlin Carr

The world’s garbage workers are on the frontlines of the pandemic, and their work has become increasingly risky as they keep cities clean. For informal waste pickers, these challenges are even greater. They often operate without protective equipment and sort through materials by hand as they recover and recycle people’s discards, which can be everything from plastic wrap to milk cartons to dangerous medical waste. Coronavirus germs, as we now know, can live on any of these surfaces, sometimes for days. 

Las personas trabajadoras en la parte inferior de la cadena de suministro textil (trabajadoras subcontratadas, en su mayoría mujeres, que cosen desde sus hogares para algunas de las principales marcas, a menudo a cambio de centavos) son las más vulnerables y a quienes se las olvida más fácilmente. En el marco de la crisis de la COVID-19 han quedado devastadas por la falta de salario y la pérdida de pagos por trabajos ya realizados. Dado que las marcas no se están haciendo responsables, quedan abandonadas a su propia suerte.
Workers at the bottom of the garment supply chain — subcontracted homeworkers, mostly women, who stitch from homes for some of the leading brands, often for pennies — are the most vulnerable and easily forgotten workers. In this COVID-19 crisis, they have been devastated by a lack of wages and lost payments for work. Without brands taking responsibility, they are now left to fend for themselves.