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Worker Well-Being

This week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog post sees us discussing different aspects of well-being with workers. We ask respondents to describe any physical and mental exhaustion they might experience at work, as well as their stress and energy levels. We also ask them to talk about more social aspects of well-being, such as respect in the workplace, feelings of financial security, and whether workers feel they have a good work-life balance. We think the insights workers have provided into their inner lives are important and we’re happy to be sharing their thoughts with you.

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


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Garment Worker Diaries Update in Bangladesh through September 2022

This week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog brings the project up to date in Bangladesh through September 2022, covering July and August as well. There were a few interesting developments to see, including the overall share of respondents reporting an illness in September dropping to some of the lowest levels yet.

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


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Living Wage, Living Planet: September 2022 Update

The Garment Worker Diaries initiative is happy to share with you the third part of our “Living Wage, Living Planet” series. In part one, we talked about how paying garment workers in Bangladesh a higher wage would be good policy not just for workers but also for the environment. In part two, we reported the results of our living wage calculations and showed how much garment workers in Bangladesh would need to be paid just to have a minimally decent life. In this blog, we present updated calculations based on new data related to food and housing collected 6 months later. In addition to presenting our new living wage numbers, this blog provides information about workers’ housing preferences and what they believe constitutes “good” or “bad” housing.

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


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Automation, Workload, and Wages

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog we return to the subject of automation. After we published our first blog on workers and automation, we heard from folks at Remake who suggested we ask workers who had experienced automation some follow up questions related to changes in workloads and wages. It was a great suggestion, so in June we put together a set of follow up questions.

The results provide a nuanced picture of the ways in which the benefits of automation are shared between workers and their employers. Our questions also revealed the toll old machines take on the bodies of workers.

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


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Garment Worker Diaries Update in Bangladesh through June 2022

This week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog is our regular monthly update on what we are learning from garment workers in Bangladesh about their work, health, and financial situation. We are keeping a close eye on work hours after the government raised the legal limit on the number of hours worked to 12 hours per day (72 hours per week). Future blogs will be looking at whether 12 hours per day becomes the new normal—in June 14% of our sample worked hours in excess of that number.

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


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