In all, she worked as a quality-checker, a tailor, a helper and took on many other roles as well. But one day, she suddenly thought back on her 15 long years of service and realised that she was missing something fundamental. She started to contact some organisations, to meet people and discuss garment worker rights with them. She visited the Garment Labour Union (GLU) and acquainted herself with her rights and the laws that benefit garment labourers.
In time, she began raising awareness herself, sharing know-how with her employers. The bosses, however, weren’t happy about this and started cross-questioning her about work, demanding answers to pesky questions every day. A big battle with the the higher authorities awaited her daily, but she never gave up. To counter her resilience, the bosses reported her to the police on frivolous charges. She was taken to the police station and forced to resign from her job.
This was six months ago, and since then, she has been without work.
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