Nahidul Hasan Nayan is the Operations Director of Awaj Foundation and the General Secretary of Sommilito Garments Sramik Federation (SGSF). He is a grassroots human rights activist who has been leading labour movements, negotiations and collective bargaining efforts for over 30 years.
Nayan started his career in the garment industry as a cutting assistant in Nissian Garments Ltd, where he was the founder and general secretary of the Nissian Garments Sramik Union. He started working with Awaj Foundation in 2005. At Awaj Foundation, Nayan focuses his efforts on training workers on the Bangladesh Labour Law, mentoring other trainers, leading efforts on project design and fundraising and providing overall oversight to the operations of the NGO.
As an expert negotiator, Nayan has played a vital role in promoting collective bargaining in the RMG sector in Bangladesh. To date, he has provided support to the successful registration of over 50 unions and have guided the development of 15 CBAs.
Nayan is also very active in policy discussions at the national level. He played a crucial role in campaings to raise the minimum wage in the RMG sector in 2006, 2013 and 2018. He has also represented Awaj Foundation in regional and international forums, including the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights.