Bangladesh and Vietnam: fashion industry workers have no money to survive


A confined single room measuring less than nine square metres in Bangladesh shelters Chameli, her husband and their three daughters – two of them must sleep on the floor.

This 30-year-old mother works in a factory that supplies clothing to Australian department stores and takes home as little as one hundred twenty-eight dollars monthly.

Chameli has to work overtime at least once a week during busy shipment times earning at most one hundred sixty-five dollars a month.

The story behind Chameli’s struggle is just one among thousands lived daily by workers in Bangladesh and Vietnam who have been generating successive profit to the Australian fashion market.

Download Audio

The Wire is produced in partnership by

Contributor Stations

Supporters and Program Distribution