Garment workers in wage riot
Published 01/08/2010 | 05:00
Thousands of garment workers in an area of Bangladesh where clothes are made for foreign companies clashed with police yesterday, amid protests over a new minimum wage.
Police charged with batons, fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the stone-throwing workers at Ashulia, a major industrial hub of some 300 garment factories. Dozens were injured in the clashes.
Yesterday's protests came two days after the government raised monthly minimum wages for the millions of garment workers by about 80 per cent, from 1,662 takas (€19) up to 3,000 takas (€33.50) a month, after months of often-violent protests.
But workers and labour leaders say the raise is inadequate and does not match the high cost of living.