Conflict and Cooperation: The Relation of NGOs and Trade Unions in Bangladesh's Rmg Sector
Against this backdrop and based on my fieldwork in Dhaka, that took place between 2010 and 2012, the proposed paper sheds light on the relation between local labour activism and transnational collective action. Therefore, the following questions will be discussed: What is the relation between international donors, transnational civil society actors and local labour organisations? Is there any evidence of a transnational social movement unionism in Bangladesh’s RMG sector? Are donors, through the help of local NGOs, weakening the role of trade unions? Are NGOs contributing to – as a trade unionist whom I interviewed put it – ‘peaceful exploitation of the workers’? Given the high percentage of women workers in the RMG sector and the still commonly deployed stereotyped portrayal of the ‘third world woman’, what are the gendered implications of transnational activism?