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Bangladesh garment factories reopen after promise of pay rise

Published on Sep 26, 2013 7:29 PM
 
Bangladeshi police officials stand in a line as striking garment workers throw stones during a protest in Narayanganj on Sept 26, 2013. Most Bangladesh garment factories reopened on Thursday, Sept 26, 2013, after five days of violent protests, following a promise of a wage rise for workers and a warning of a tougher crackdown on unrest. -- PHOTO: AFP

DHAKA (AFP) - Most Bangladesh garment factories reopened on Thursday after five days of violent protests, following a promise of a wage rise for workers and a warning of a tougher crackdown on unrest.

Thousands of textile workers turned up for their shifts as a union leader said they were now "convinced" the government would raise wages for the country's three million garment workers by November.

The Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation said assurances were received following several meetings with factory owners and the government, after days of protests to press for a near-tripling of their minimum monthly wage to US$100 (S$125).

"The workers are now convinced that their salaries will be raised by November," head of the federation Babul Akter told AFP.

 
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