Fresh riots broke out in Bangladesh yesterday (1 June) as about 3,000 garment workers went on the rampage near capital Dhaka.

 

The labourers, who are demanding wage increases, skipped work to throw stones and break windows in the Savar export zone.

 

The unrest followed last week's protests around Dhaka's industrial areas, which involved workers torching at least 16 factories and ransacking about 300 more. At least two were killed in the ensuing chaos as security officers resulted to firing gunshots.

 

Bangladesh's garment trade is its largest export earner. The country has more than 4,000 factories that employ almost 2m workers.

 

Pay rates and conditions there, however, have much to be desired.