Bonded Stitches & Struggle



As right as grain, as true as rice,
As right as my word, as true as our lives,
As right as the mills, as true as a stitch,
As right as our sweat, as true as those dead,
The truth of it: A garments worker makes Tk 176 a day.
Is it wrong to ask if this is a living wage?

Four million people work in Bangladesh’s garment sector; most of them are women. The garment workers produce high quality products like as western fashion brands in unexpected terrible working conditions. Unsafe and risky environment of the garment factories, unexpected accidental death, sexual harassments in the work places, discrimination in labor cost, malnutrition, and unhygienic environment are the common issues are very much related to the fortune of these workers. Human rights violated in every steps of their life. When they raise voice for their minimum demand they have to face brutality both from the law enforcement agencies and garment owners. They don’t know how expensive product they produce by dropping their sweats. Even two third of their wages are take hold of by the landlords and inflated market. The garment workers of Bangladesh don’t know the risk factors of working condition in an unplanned or incompliance factory, but they have to burn alive, sandwich under the rubble or sustain serious physical and mental injuries.

Funambulist Biraj 1
Workers sorting clothes at a garment factory in Savar. The April 24, 2010 collapse of the Rana Plaza complex revealed faulty safety standards in Bangladesh’s garment industry.
Funambulist Biraj 4
People gathering after a five-story building collapsed in the Begunbari area in Dhaka.
Funambulist Biraj 3
Ongoing rescue operation in the collapse building. 1,132 workers were killed.
Funambulist Biraj 7
Police water canon taking position during a protest by the garment workers in Dhaka.
Funambulist Biraj 2
Police officer kicking the gate of a garment factory to arrest protesters.
Funambulist Biraj 5
Garment workers shouting slogans during the protest.
Funambulist Biraj 6
Rahela Akhter, a garment worker, resisting police brutality. On Jun 30, 2010, 80 workers were injured.