Bangladesh garment workers protest to demand $125 minimum wage
DHAKA (AFP) - Thousands of Bangladesh garment workers blocked roads and attacked factories outside the capital Dhaka on Saturday demanding a US$100 (S$125) minimum monthly wage.
The workers, many carrying sticks, walked off the job in dozens of garment factories, which make apparel for the world's top retailers such as Walmart, and protested for hours on highways in the major industrial areas of Gazipur, Mouchak and Ashulia.
"There were at least 20,000 workers who joined the protest. They blocked roads, demanding a big salary hike," Mr Mustafizur Rahman, deputy police chief of the industrial district of Gazipur, told AFP.
Bangladesh is the world's second-largest garment exporter with apparel shipments from its 4,500 garment factories accounting for 80 per cent of its US$27 billion annual exports.