"Our Backs Are against the Wall": The Story of a Bangladeshi Woman Garment Worker in the COVID-19 'New Normal'

Aysha Siddika, Anita Hammer*, Peter Lund-Thomsen, Marie Vahl

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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This article introduces Salma, a woman garment worker in Bangladesh. It traces how the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated precariousness in the garment value chain and deepened the fragility of Salma and other garment workers on the frontline. In the article, Salma explains how her work, household and livelihood changed in response to COVID-19. Her story highlights the importance of contextual influences, distinct industry dynamics and temporal factors, both within the workplace and domestic spheres. In complex ways, these dynamics shaped how workers were positioned in the value chain, exploited in the labour process and constrained in their agency.
TidsskriftWork, Employment and Society
Antal sider17
StatusUdgivet - 1 dec. 2023

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Epub ahead of print. Published online: Dec 1 2023.


  • Labour process
  • Livelihood
  • Garment value chain
  • COVID-19
  • Social reproduction
  • Workplace
  • Labour agency