Homeworkers exploited on pay by unscrupulous employers

homeworkers are being underpaid, often receiving less than £2.70 an hour, a
report by the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) finds.

chair Julie Mellor said that even under a proposed new system of calculating
their pay rates, half of the UK’s homeworkers could still be earning less than
the minimum wage.

to the study, as many as 70,000 homeworkers may not be receiving the minimum
wage even though they are entitled to the statutory rate.

said new government proposals to change the way pay rates are set would help,
but would not solve the problem.

experience suggests that the vast majority of those who lose out will be women
and most of them will be ethnic minority women.

exploitation should not be allowed to continue for years after the minimum wage
was put in place,” she said.

By Ben Willmott

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