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An Introduction to Household Savings

We step back into Bangladeshi garment workers’ households in this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog to learn more about savings practices. We also update the project data on additional household wage earners through the end of March 2021.

There are some interesting gender dynamics at play in the savings data workers are providing. We’re going to spend the next week analyzing this data and hope to have a more in depth blog on savings to share in the next few weeks.

As always, if you have any questions for us or the workers, please write to questions@workerdiaries.org


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Vaccinations and Lockdowns

Strict lockdown conditions persist in Bangladesh for the third week in a row in order to halt the spread of COVID-19. Last week, we asked garment workers to give us an update on the situation, and this week we wrote a blog on it.

We asked workers about COVID-19 symptoms they might have been experiencing and whether they know of any co-workers who’ve fallen ill. We also asked them about their vaccine eligibility, whether or not they’d know how to get one and even if they knew how and were eligible, if they’d want to.

We also asked them about their public movement and work commutes, because the lockdown conditions have been meant to limit movement outside the home. 

Thanks for staying up to date with the project and the workers, and hopefully we’ll come out of this soon.

As always, if you have any questions for us or the workers, please write to questions@workerdiaries.org


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Update on COVID-19 Safety and Awareness

Garment factories are still open in Bangladesh during a tough COVID-induced lockdown, which has just been extended for a second week. We thought it would be appropriate for this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog to take another look inside the factories to see what the workers have been telling us about their employers’ enforcement of safety precautions.

We also discuss garment workers’ own sense of the urgency about social distancing measures, and report on how many workers have been vaccinated so far, among other updates.

Next week, we’ll be asking more vaccine and lockdown-specific questions and we’ll share those data with you as soon as we have them.

As always, if you have any questions for us or the workers, please write to questions@workerdiaries.org


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March 2021 Update: One Year of COVID-19 in Bangladesh

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog, we bring the study up to date through March 2021. While employment and wage data are back to normal since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and illness rates have not risen to alarming levels, food security rates dipped last month for the first time in a long while. In addition, there are news reports that the COVID-19 situation in Bangladesh is worsening, with a strict lockdown in place.

Garment workers are still going to their factories, however, and we’re still in a position to keep interviewing them. Please read the full blog, and check back here soon to see if there have been any more important updates from Bangladesh.

As always, if you have any questions for us or the workers, please write to questions@workerdiaries.org


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Digital Pay Consistency

In this week’s Garment Worker Diaries blog, we’ll continue discussing the relationship between worker economic resiliency and digital finance by talking about the consistency of digital wage payments.

It turns out that there is a detectable relationship between improved food security among garment workers in Bangladesh and the consistency with which those workers receive their pay digitally. We have a simple theory as to why this is so. Please read on for the full story.

As always, if you have any questions for us or the workers, please write to questions@workerdiaries.org


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