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In pictures: Bangladeshi garment workers
Life inside a garment factory is difficult and fraught with dangers as recent accidents have shown.
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 13:51
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Fashionable Western labels adorn garments made in Bangladesh - an industry that employes tens of thousands and earns the impoverished country valuable foreign exchange.

Famous international brands source their supply from Bangladesh as labour in the country is one of the cheapest. 

But while the arrangement allows for hefty profits, it's the workers - mostly women - who pay a heavy price. They are ill-paid and working conditions are horribly bad.

A string of deadly accidents, including a deadly blaze in November and the collapse of a building that housed a garment factory in April, have killed more than 1,000 and highlighted the garment workers' plight - always grim and often deadly.


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As cost of production increases in China, western retailers and clothing brands such as Gap, H&M and Zara are increasingly turning to Bangladesh. Today the garment industry produces 10 percent of the country's GDP.



Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera
Labour in the Bangladeshi garment industry is the cheapest in the world. About 80 percent of the workers are women who come from rural areas. A vast majority of them work in dismal conditions.


Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera

While the labour is cheap, materials used to make garments are of superior quality, making the industry highly profitable.



Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera
A normal Bangladeshi garment worker gets less than $40 a month. 


Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera
These finished goods are more expensive than a month's salary.


Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera
Even if the garment workers win their demand for a minimum wage of 5,000 taka ($64) a month, their new wages still would only amount to roughly $0.35 an hour, lower than wages in many other countries.


Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera
Female workers tend to receive low and irregular wages.


Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera
Female workers are mostly employed at the lowest category of jobs, such as working as an operator or a finishing helper. These jobs are very monotonous in nature. Due to the nature of their jobs, depression runs high.


Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera

Female workers say they often face sexually harassment at work.



Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera

In Bangladesh, garment labourers work from dawn to dusk, usually working overtime so that they can afford a decent meal. Their demands for an increase in wages have mostly gone unheeded.



Khaled Hasan/Al Jazeera

Garment workers have a very tight schedule. They have to arrive promptly at 8 am and they are given a short lunch break. Many compare working in the garment factory to living in a jail. In these factories, safety equipment and regulations are few and far between. Chance of injury or fire is high.



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Reports suggest that Bangladesh's garment workers are among the most exploited. They are trapped in poverty as western buyers want costs to remain low.




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As cost of production increases in China, western retailers and clothing brands such as Gap, H&M and Zara are increasingly turning to Bangladesh. Today the garment industry produces 10 percent of the country\(***)s GDP.

;*;Labour in the Bangladeshi garment industry is the cheapest in the world. About 80 percent of the workers are women who come from rural areas. A vast majority of them work in dismal conditions.;*;

While the labour is cheap, materials used to make garments are of superior quality, making the industry highly profitable.

;*;A normal Bangladeshi garment worker gets less than $40 a month. ;*;These finished goods are more expensive than a month\(***)s salary.;*;Even if the garment workers win their demand for a minimum wage of 5,000 taka ($64) a month, their new wages still would only amount to roughly $0.35 an hour, lower than wages in many other countries.;*;Female workers tend to receive low and irregular wages.;*;Female workers are mostly employed at the lowest category of jobs, such as working as an operator or a finishing helper. These jobs are very monotonous in nature. Due to the nature of their jobs, depression runs high.;*;

Female workers say they often face sexually harassment at work.

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In Bangladesh, garment labourers work from dawn to dusk, usually working overtime so that they can afford a decent meal. Their demands for an increase in wages have mostly gone unheeded.

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Garment workers have a very tight schedule. They have to arrive promptly at 8 am and they are given a short lunch break. Many compare working in the garment factory to living in a jail. In these factories, safety equipment and regulations are few and far between. Chance of injury or fire is high.

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Reports suggest that Bangladesh\(***)s garment workers are among the most exploited. They are trapped in poverty as western buyers want costs to remain low.

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As cost the of production increases in China, western retailers and clothing brands such as Gap, H&M and Zara are increasingly turning to Bangladesh. Today the garment industry produces 10 percent of the country's GDP.

Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=0dnjg9zdI9cziKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

As cost the of production increases in China, western retailers and clothing brands such as Gap, H&M and Zara are increasingly turning to Bangladesh. Today the garment industry produces 10 percent of the country's GDP.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=030r5hN4xJ0se

Labour in the Bangladeshi garment industry is the cheapest in the world. About 80 percent of the workers are women who come from rural areas. A vast majority of them work in dismal conditions.

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:49:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=030r5hN4xJ0seKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Labour in the Bangladeshi garment industry is the cheapest in the world. About 80 percent of the workers are women who come from rural areas. A vast majority of them work in dismal conditions.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=00HM3Eu3Pu8p4

While the labour is cheap, the materials used to make garments are of superior quality, making the industry highly profitable.

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:49:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=00HM3Eu3Pu8p4Khaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

While the labour is cheap, the materials used to make garments are of superior quality, making the industry highly profitable.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=0ag74cJ4lA5OA

A normal Bangladeshi garment worker gets less than $40 a month. 

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:50:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=0ag74cJ4lA5OAKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

A normal Bangladeshi garment worker gets less than $40 a month. 

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=049v06f9a6bPN

These finished goods are more expensive than a month's salary.

Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=049v06f9a6bPNKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

These finished goods are more expensive than a month's salary.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=050ZeTE4kvckl

Even if the garment workers win their demand for a minimum wage of 5,000 taka ($64) a month, their new wages still would only amount to roughly $0.35 an hour, lower than wages in many other countries.

Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=050ZeTE4kvcklKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Even if the garment workers win their demand for a minimum wage of 5,000 taka ($64) a month, their new wages still would only amount to roughly $0.35 an hour, lower than wages in many other countries.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=094z9MpfIV6LS

Female workers tend to receive low and irregular wages.

Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=094z9MpfIV6LSKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Female workers tend to receive low and irregular wages.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=0dd8eTm1GGgmV

Female workers are mostly employed at the lowest category of jobs, such as working as an operator or a finishing helper. These jobs are very monotonous in nature. Due to the nature of their jobs, depression runs high.

Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=0dd8eTm1GGgmVKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Female workers are mostly employed at the lowest category of jobs, such as working as an operator or a finishing helper. These jobs are very monotonous in nature. Due to the nature of their jobs, depression runs high.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=00QFcW20xB3Hs

Female workers are often sexually harassed by their co-workers in the factory.

Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=00QFcW20xB3HsKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Female workers are often sexually harassed by their co-workers in the factory.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=07Sw1ao1Kt4dQ

In Bangladesh, garment labourers work from dawn to dusk, usually working overtime so they can afford a meal. Increasingly, these workers are demanding for an increase in wages. However, all their demands have gone unheeded.

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:50:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=07Sw1ao1Kt4dQKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

In Bangladesh, garment labourers work from dawn to dusk, usually working overtime so they can afford a meal. Increasingly, these workers are demanding for an increase in wages. However, all their demands have gone unheeded.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=0e0DbcG3aPgz4

Garment workers have a very tight schedule. They have to arrive promptly at 8 am and they are given a short lunch break. For them, working in the garment factory is equal to living in a jail. In these factories, safety equipment and regulations are few and far between. Chance of injury or fire is high.

Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=0e0DbcG3aPgz4Khaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Garment workers have a very tight schedule. They have to arrive promptly at 8 am and they are given a short lunch break. For them, working in the garment factory is equal to living in a jail. In these factories, safety equipment and regulations are few and far between. Chance of injury or fire is high.

http://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=08DSenTgSx8iD

Bangladesh's garment workers are among the most exploited in the world. Giant multinationals, such as Wal-Mart, Asda, Tesco, H&M and others are driving down the wages of these labourers and trapping them in poverty.

Thu, 23 May 2013 09:52:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Bangladesh-gallery?image_id=08DSenTgSx8iDKhaled HasanAl JazeeraAl Jazeera Upload Images

Bangladesh's garment workers are among the most exploited in the world. Giant multinationals, such as Wal-Mart, Asda, Tesco, H&M and others are driving down the wages of these labourers and trapping them in poverty.



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