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Garment Workers and Automation

This week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog covers a subject we have not yet touched upon: automation in the workplace. The questionnaire we posed to respondents just this past April 1st allowed workers to share with us their own feelings and attitudes towards automation in their factories. We think this survey is unique in both its interview subjects and its scope; that is to say, much that has been written on automation does not take into account actual workers’ experiences within factories, and instead focuses on larger economic issues. What do 1,300 Bangladeshi garment workers have to say? As always, we asked them.

We think the results of the survey are important, and point towards a potentially positive future, if workers’ abilities and expectations are taken into account in an ever more automated world.

As always, you can send any questions you have for MFO, SANEM, the workers or about the project to

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