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Garment Workers' Contracts, Part 4: Salary Awareness

During the course of 2021 over multiple surveys we asked garment workers in Bangladesh to help us understand what they know about their workplace contracts, and the terms of the contracts they pay attention to. In late November we rolled out a very specific survey and dug deep into workers’ salaries, asking them how much they understand about what and why they are paid.

The good news is that most garment workers have some understanding of their contracted salary terms. However, there are discrepancies between men and women, and understanding breaks down the more specific the questioning becomes.

We think the findings are important and we hope you’ll agree.

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 through November 2021

Our first Garment Worker Diaries blog of the new year is an update on the project in Bangladesh through the end of November 2021. We’ve analyzed some key data points using new methods, adding more nuance to the findings. And there is also some good news on food security rates and COVID-19 vaccination shots.

As always, you can send any questions you have for MFO, SANEM, the workers or about the project to questions@workerdiaries.org. And please feel free to suggest future topics to cover in our weekly surveys. We have a busy first quarter, but we may have slots for questions in late April and parts of May—a good time for some Ramadan and Eid-related questions.


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The Link Between Elevation and Selected Factory Status in Bangladesh

We’re returning to factory elevation and flood risk in this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog. However, we’ve analyzed the data in such a way that an unexpected correlation has revealed itself. It turns out there is some connection between a factory’s elevation in Bangladesh, and whether or not a factory has had its name published on certain selected supplier lists. We hope you enjoy reading and also clicking around our newest interactive map.

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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Impact of the 2018 Wage Gazette on Garment Workers in Bangladesh

MFO’s partner in the field in Bangladesh for the Worker Diaries initiative there, SANEM, is again guest-authoring this week’s blog. This time around they designed a survey to gauge what effect, if any, the 2018 wage gazette announcement in Bangladesh has had on workers in terms of their workloads and the makeup of their production lines in garment factories. Just as a reminder, the gazette announcement increased the minimum wage for workers in the RMG sector in December 2018. 

SANEM also asked workers to tell us what has had more of an impact on their work: COVID-19 or the wage gazette. We hope you’ll click through to get the whole story.

And if you’d like to share the Bangla-language version of the blog, that is available here.

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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Worker Diaries Update through October 2021

Our Garment Worker Diaries blog post this week is a round-up of the study through the end of October 2021. Among other news, food security is up as are COVID-19 vaccination rates. We hope these trends continue in a positive direction, and we’re thankful for each garment worker who continues to share their story with us.

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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