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June 14, 2004, 08:34 AM
The crisis of Bangladesh's garment trade

By Roland Buerk
BBC correspondent in Dhaka

Women make up most of the workforce and stand to lose most
Bangladesh's government is preparing for a major upheaval in the garment industry, which accounts for around 75% of export earnings.

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June 14, 2004, 01:01 PM
Off topic: sometimes I wish all the garment factories would be forced to shut down, so that the slavery of women in the name of garment workers had an end.

But the good part is that these women are fighting to end unsafe conditions, sexual harassment and unfair working hours. In so doing, they have gained the confidence to oppose bullying tactics and unfair pay. More importantly, they have started literacy and numeracy classes and savings schemes, which will allow workers alternative employment opportunities.

I remember reading a volume of poetry, called "Okosshat roptani-mukhi naree machine"(A sudden export-oriented woman machine), was written on women garment workers in late 80's. Did anyone read this?