OIKKO, which means “unity” in Bangla, was a three-year project that aimed to address the limited influence civil society has had on legal compliance, respect for workers’ rights, and workplace conditions in the ready-made garment sector. The project significantly contributed to improved conditions for women workers at both the community and workplace levels by addressing the issues that were affecting their lives. Collective bargaining, negotiation, and problem-solving improved significantly through OIKKO.
OIKKO worked with 40 trade unions/federations to strengthen their outreach activities and increase women workers’ participation in the groups. During the project period, the unions reached around 38,000 ready-made garment (RMG) workers through outreach programs, and more than 22,800 workers were motivated to join.
The project led to the formation of the OIKKO Civil Society (CSO) Platform, which works as an advocacy and lobbying group in the sector. The OIKKO CSO Platform has used the OIKKO project’s findings on labor laws and living wages to advocate for workers’ issues at the national level.