BANGLADESH: 50 hurt as textile workers protest over pay
At least 50 people have been hurt after thousands of textile workers clashed with police in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka today (15 January) in a protest over pay and overtime.
According to Reuters, the conflict is now in its second day, and the authorities have been forced to call in paramilitary troops to help restore order.
The country's military-backed government has banned all demonstrations in the textile sector, after a series of protests over low wages and poor working conditions in the past two years.
Factory owners and trade union leaders agreed a new monthly minimum wage for garment workers of 1,662 takas (US$25.4) in October 2006, but the unions claim just 20% of factories have implemented the pay rise.
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