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Talking Threads podcast: Episode 1 - the women behind the label

8 March, 2022IndustriALL has launched a podcast about the global apparel industry, told by the workers employed within the sector and the people working to make the industry more responsible and ethical for the future.

This podcast is all about putting grassroots stories first, giving garment workers - especially women - a platform to have their voices heard. It is a union production, made by women, and features real sounds captured from the unionized factories that IndustriALL represents.

The podcast is available on all major platforms - subscribe today.

Episode 1: The women behind the label

On International Women’s Day, we hear from women garment workers about the issues they face on the factory floor, and look at how IndustriALL’s campaign aims to achieve better social protections for workers in the industry.

This first episode is dedicated to all the women - around 63 million of them - that work in the garment sector.


  • Garment workers Sulata* and Muniya* (not their real names) from near Dhaka in Bangladesh
  • Evelyn Astor, Adviser on economic and social policy, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  • Christina Hajagos-Clausen, Director for the textile, garment, leather and shoes sector at IndustriALL Global Union
  • Ruwan Subasinghe, Legal Director, International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF)
  • Elizabeth Umlas, IndustriALL senior advisor on capital strategies
  • Petra Brännmark, Communications Director at IndustriALL Global Union


  • Podcast produced by: CORA Campaign Communications
  • Music by: Nicolas Aguirre
  • With thanks to Srabani Nahar, Md Hasan Tareq, Thilagam Ramalingam and Nupur Goswami


To find out more about some of the issues covered in this podcast check out these links: