For the garment industry, the rise of globalisation and mass production has meant a rise in pay.
As the world’s garment factories close down, many workers are being paid significantly less than those employed in their home countries.
But for many of the world´s garment workers, the wages they are earning are barely enough to cover basic living expenses.
In some cases, the garment factories have closed altogether.
In other cases, they have opened up their supply chains to foreign firms.
In these cases, workers are not allowed to speak with their employers or union representatives.
They are just considered a “gig” who can´t complain about working conditions.
“It´s been the worst 10 years in my life,” said Anjali Gupta, a textile worker in Bangladesh who was recently laid off.
“The work is hard, it´s dangerous.
I am so used to working in the garment factory and the company pays me just as much as the factory workers.”
Guptas family owns a textile business in Bangladesh, but she says that the pay for her staff is only enough to buy a week´s worth of basic food.
In her home country, where wages are often lower, workers can make up to $200 a month.
“My daughter gets about $300 a month from my business,” she said.
Gupta, who is a graduate of the Dhaka-based Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, said that even if she earns as much, she still can´ts afford to buy enough to live on.
“I think we have to change the system and make sure the factories can be run for the people,” she added.
“There should be no need for them to be run by foreigners.
We should run them by the people who have worked here for years.”
The garment industry employs around a million people in Bangladesh and many more in other countries.
According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the world has an estimated 1.8 billion garment workers.
About 50% of those work in Bangladesh.
But some workers in the country complain that the industry´s workers are often underpaid.
“Most of my colleagues are not paid at all,” said Jumana, a garment worker in Puntland, a city in eastern Bangladesh.
“They work for five days and then they go home to buy clothes for the next week.
It´s a very difficult situation.”
The Bangladeshi garment industry has faced an economic crisis that has caused huge social unrest.
In 2014, an economic downturn forced garment factories to close for three weeks.
The shutdown was triggered by a devastating fire that devastated the city of Puntlands, killing more than 700 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes.
The Bangladesh government responded by closing factories in Pampore and nearby districts.
But the shutdowns have continued, with thousands of factories now shut.
According a study published by the World Bank in February, garment workers in Bangladesh made only 2% of the country´s total annual gross domestic product (GDP) in the six months ending in December.
In contrast, they make 27% of GDP in the United States.
The study noted that workers in other sectors have been paying higher wages and working longer hours in recent years.
As a result, the World Trade Organisation estimates that garment factories in Bangladesh make $US2.4bn ($2.8bn) in wages and other benefits a year.
That is enough to feed an average family of five for six months.
In a country where the working day can be up to one hour longer than in the West, many garment workers have resorted to using temporary contracts to get by.
Some of them work on farms where they are paid less than the average worker.
“We do not have any option but to work on the farms,” said Preeti Kulkarni, who runs a textile workshop in Bangladesh´s northeastern state of Poonch.
Kulkanis factory employs about 300 people, and she said that some of them earn up to US$3,000 a month in wages.
“Our wage is just enough to support our families.
We have to be careful, we cannot take a risk.”
Kulkanyan, a woman with long dark hair, said she was earning $US400 a month as a domestic worker when she started her apprenticeship two years ago.
Now, she earns $US800 a month, and says that she does not have enough money to pay her rent or utilities.
“At least I get enough to eat and clothes.
I cannot take this risk anymore,” she told Al Jazeera.
“Why should I take such risks?
I need to work, not take a chance.”