Amplify Workers' Voice
BCWS works to amplify and strengthen workers’ voices within the garment sector and beyond
It does this through trainings on leadership development, negotiations and collective bargaining. BCWS works in partnership with union federations, especially the Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation (BGIWF) to help train potential leaders on union organization and collective bargaining. It places a specific focus on women leaders and raising up women’s voices in the negotiation process.
In addition to the garment sector, BCWS works on organizing workers and amplifying their voices in a variety of sectors such as shipbreaking and communications. In the shipbreaking sector, which has some of the most hazardous working in conditions in Bangladesh, BCWS is working to increase rights and safety awareness among workers.
In the communications sector BCWS works with both white-collar workers and blue-collar staff to develop awareness of their rights as workers. Communication sector companies where BCWS is currently working on collective organizing and unionization are: Grameen phone, Robi Axiata, CityCell and Bangla Link.
Finally, through the workers’ blog (hyperlink to the blog here) BCWS creates a platform for workers to speak in their own voice about the challenges they face and how they are working to overcome them.