With over 1,100 casualties, the easily preventable disaster was the worst single incident in terms of death toll in the history of the garment industry. However, it is far from the only such instance in the global apparel industry, in which multinational manufacturers and retailers “race to the bottom”, seeking contractors with the lowest costs and quickest turnaround, leading to the lowest wages, worst access to worker rights, and most dangerous factory conditions.
Crowdfunded, Sramik Awaaz, subtitled in English, is the first film to fully explore the lives, work, and organizing efforts of Bangladesh’s garment workers. Through interviews carried out in 2014 and 2015, and filming through 2016, the film chronicles the barriers faced by the mostly female workers at home, at work, and in life. These interviews reflect some clear policy prescriptives for improving the rights of workers not only in Bangladesh, but the issues raised echoes in workforces around the world even among low wage workers in US and Europe.
Co-sponsors: Institute for Policy Studies, South Asia Labor Watch, Law@theMargins, and International Labor Rights Forum. This event is part of Law@theMargins contemporaneous screenings of the film with other screenings in New York and other cities. If your organization is interested in hosting a screening of Sramik Awaaz: Workers Voices contact firstname.lastname@example.org.