Labour Glossary

Addressing exploitation in the garment industry beyond the image of workers in sweatshops, and understanding how the world can tackle it, requires a deep understanding of the systems in place. However, this is often done in a way that is complex, with excessive jargon and I am honestly left BAFFED. Here’s a glossary with some terms to help us all, let me know if there are any words/terms missing!

A

the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh

Anti-sweatshop movement

B

C

Capitalism

Collective bargaining

Corporate Social Responsibility

D

E

Ethical fashion

Export Processing Zones (EPZs)

F

Fairtrade

Fast Fashion

Feminisation of Labour

Flexibilisation of labour

Forced labour

G

Gig economy

Globalisation

Global North

Global  South

H

Home-based workers

I

Imperialism

International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Informalisation of labour

International Monetary Fund

J

K

L

M

Migrant labour

Multinational Corporation (MNC)

N

Neocolonialism

Neoliberalism

New Division of Labour

Non-governmental organisatios (NGOs)

O

P

Precarious worker

Q

R

Race to the bottom

Rana Plaza

Reproductive labour

S

Subcontracting

Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs)

Sweatshop

T

Trade union

Transnational movement

Transnational Advocacy Movement

U

V

W

World Bank

X

Y

Z