50,000 Bangladeshi garment workers protest low pay

Fifty thousand low-paid garment workers protested in Bangladesh on Saturday, according to the Agence France-Presse newsagency. According to the report, a local police chief said the workers were demanding the minimum wage rise by about three times. The police chief said about forty police officers were injured in the protest, while a spokesman for the Garment Workers' Unity Forum said about a hundred workers were injured including one who was hit by a bullet.

According to the libcom.org website, garment workers in Bangladesh have been militant since a large-scale revolt in 2006. The website reports five major periods of militancy by Bangladeshi garment workers since then.


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