Protesting garment workers ransack factories
January 13 2019 12:06 AM
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Police officers tell the garment workers who protest for higher wages to go to their workplace in Dhaka yesterday.

IANS/Dhaka

Workers in Bangladesh yesterday staged demonstrations and ransacked nearly a dozen factories in protests over disparity in their new wage structure.
In Tongi, one of the key apparel industrial hubs on the outskirts of capital Dhaka, at least nine factories were reportedly vandalised by the protesting workers.
Equipped with sticks, workers also vandalised two more factories in Dhaka’s Mirpur area.
Against this backdrop, scores of factories in Dhaka and in the apparel hubs on the outskirts of the capital city suspended their production.
Dozens of people including workers and law enforcers were injured in incidents of violence yesterday as police charged batons and used water cannon to disperse the protesters in places.
A tripartite committee with representatives from the government, union leaders and factory owners has already been formed to resolve the ongoing unrest.
Tens of thousands garment workers have been staging demonstration since Sunday.



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