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Bangladesh garment workers in violent protests

Bangladesh garment workers in violent protests

Updated 19 June 2012, 14:31 AEST

More than 300 garment factories in Ashulia in Bangladesh shut down indefinitely on Saturday, after five days of violent protests against poor pay conditions.

The workers - who are reported to receive the lowest garment sector wages in the world - were demanding a 50 per cent pay hike and subsidised food to manage the rising cost of living.

But the riots have reportedly got out of hand with tear gas and rubber bullets being used to disperse the protesting workers.

Twenty three garment workers have also been arrested on charges of vandalism.

The president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin, said factories could not operate in the climate of "fear and lawlessness".

He said plants would reopen only once the government ensured enough security.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Charlie Kernaghan, executive director, Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights

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