The Apparel Workers Are in the Highest Vulnerability Due to COVID-19: A Study on the Bangladesh Apparel Industry

Sen S, Antara N, Sen S, Chowdhury S. The apparel workers are in the highest vulnerability due to COVID-19: a study on the Bangladesh Apparel Industry. Asia Pacific J Multidiscip Res. 2020;8(3).

7 Pages Posted: 11 Aug 2020

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Shuvro Sen

BRAC Univeristy; University of Dhaka

Neel Antara

Brandenburg University of Technology

Shusmita Sen

University of Chittagong

Sunny Chowdhury

International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC)

Date Written: July 30, 2020

Abstract

The pandemic COVID-19 affects the global economy which can be been called a cause for the labor market and economic crisis. The study has been conducted to understand the impact of COVID19 on apparel workers. The relevant academic literature publication, reports, newspapers, webpages, have been used for data collection. The study has found that the apparel workers in Bangladesh Garments Industry are in the highest vulnerability situation due to the COVID-19. Due to the shortage of raw materials, the factory owners have to close down the factory. Moreover, global brands and retailers canceled production orders and deferred the payment. As a result, the apparel workers have to go back to their house without any payment. Moreover, during the lockdown, a few factories continue their production without ensuring safety. So, the study has found that the apparel workers in Bangladesh are in the most vulnerable situation. Some of them do not have a job while some of them have to continue the work in a risky environment. A few initiatives have been taken by different stakeholders which seems not effective to the workers.

Keywords: COVID-19; Apparel/RMG Industry; Apparel Workers; Occupational Health and Safety; Bangladesh

JEL Classification: J63, J71, J81, J83

Suggested Citation

Sen, Shuvro and Antara, Neel and Sen, Shusmita and Chowdhury, Sunny, The Apparel Workers Are in the Highest Vulnerability Due to COVID-19: A Study on the Bangladesh Apparel Industry (July 30, 2020). Sen S, Antara N, Sen S, Chowdhury S. The apparel workers are in the highest vulnerability due to COVID-19: a study on the Bangladesh Apparel Industry. Asia Pacific J Multidiscip Res. 2020;8(3). , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3669298

Shuvro Sen (Contact Author)

BRAC Univeristy ( email )

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Dhaka, 1212
Bangladesh

University of Dhaka ( email )

University of Dhaka
Ramna, Dhaka, 1000
Bangladesh

Neel Antara

Brandenburg University of Technology ( email )

PO Box 101344
Cottbus, 03013
Germany

Shusmita Sen

University of Chittagong ( email )

Hathazari, Chittagong, Bangladesh
Chittagong, Chittagong 4330
Bangladesh

Sunny Chowdhury

International Islamic University Chittagong (IIUC) ( email )

College Road
Chittagong
Chittagong, 4318
Bangladesh

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