Bangladesh police tear gas garment workers on hunger strike
Published on Aug 7, 2014 8:15 PM
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police on Thursday fired tear gas and stormed a garment factory in the capital Dhaka where workers had been staging a hunger strike over pay, a union official said.
The police, armed with batons, forced 400 workers to flee the factory where they had been holding a 10-day strike to demand back pay and a holiday bonus, the official said.
Bangladesh's garment industry, the world's second largest, which supplies top Western retailers such as Wal-Mart and H&M, has a woeful history of poor pay and conditions for its four million workers.
"Police fired tear gas and baton charged us, they forced us out of the factory, where we were staging the hunger strike," said Moshrefa Mishu, head of Tuba Group Sramik Sangram Committee, which represents 15 garment unions.
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