The COVID-19 pandemic and economic fallout is especially devastating for factory workers in emerging markets, with an estimated 80% of manufacturing workers already laid off or indefinitely furloughed without pay. Millions have lost their income and returned home to dense villages lacking sufficient health facilities. Conditions will likely worsen over the coming weeks as household savings deplete, infection spreads, symptoms become severe, and already weak local healthcare systems become inundated.
While many organizations are working quickly to address the needs of workers through contract negotiations, support programs and more, many of these solutions will take time to develop, be funded, roll out and gain stakeholder support. Once deployed all of these programs will need a way to distribute information and reach workers quickly.
To immediately address this crisis Labor Solutions designed atun.
Designed to address the mounting challenges faced by current and former factory workers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic in Indonesia, India, Cambodia and Vietnam, atun is a free mobile application that provides users with access to critical tools and information.
atun is non-profit and is currently funded by Labor Solutions with support from some partners, but more support is needed to continue the work.
atun was created, and is managed, by a consortium of partners:
Labor Solutions, who provides the technical support and overall project management
Empower@Work, who contributes to e-learning content that focuses on women empowerment and human rights
BetterWork, who provides weekly updates to users through newsletters and broadcast messages and supports stakeholder engagement
School to School International, who provides e-learnings and support for parents who's kids are out of school.
IDH, who provides financial and in-kind support.
atun Volunteers, atun is supported by a tribe of volunteers who have supported translations, marketing, project management, and design and even the creation of this website page. atun would not be here if it wasn't for our volunteers. Many of our volunteers are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic. Consider supporting them by helping fund the project. Learn more about our team here.