Belfast Telegraph

Home News World

Violent pay protests shut factories

Garment workers demanding higher pay have clashed with police and attacked factories in an industrial belt on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka.

The workers have rejected a proposed 5,300 takas (£41.40) monthly minimum wage, a rise of 77%. They are demanding 8,114 takas (£62.50) instead.

Industrial police director Mustafizur Rahman said at least 100 factories were closed in Ashulia and Savar areas to avoid further violence after the clash started today.

He would not say if there were any injuries, but a television station said up to 30 people have been hurt.

A government-appointed panel voted for the £41.40 minimum wage last week, but factory owners have not endorsed it. That amount would still be the lowest in the world.

AP

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Popular

From Belfast Telegraph