Suma Akter works at Missami Bittopi garment factory situated at Mirpur, Dhaka. As a sewing operator she got 9 years experience from different ready-made garment factories. Many female garment workers have been organised by Suma. A union has been formed under her leadership in the factory.
Workers are more sensitized now. We are moving forward but there are many challenges to overcome.
Suma is only 23 years old but lead more than 400 workers in her factory. She said, ‘we are working on raising awareness among the fellow workers about labour rights and occupational safety and health.’ It is very difficult to organise the workers as the factory authorities discourage them to join any union, she added. But Suma does not lose her hope. She said, ‘Workers are more sensitized now. We are moving forward but there are many challenges to overcome.’