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

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

*Corresponding author

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This article introduces Rayat, 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 Rayat and other garment workers on the frontline. In the article, Rayat 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, within both 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
Vol/bindOnline First
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - 2024

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Funding Information:
The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: The authors would like to thank the Danish Foreign Ministry (project #: DFC -20-10-CBS) for supporting their time in writing this article.


  • COVID-19
  • garment value chain
  • labour agency
  • labour process
  • livelihood
  • social reproduction
  • workplace

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