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Bangladesh raised wages for textile workers

sew our clothes, but belong to the Poorest in the world. For days, thousands of textile workers protested in Bangladesh for better pay, the government increased the minimum wage.

After days of protests by thousands of textile workers in Bangladesh, the government has announced higher wages. You retroactively from December to paid, as trade Minister, Tipu Munshi said after a Meeting with representatives of the trade unions and factory owners. The government now hopes that the since 6. January continued to stop protests.

Only at the weekend that the police had driven in the capital, Dhaka, thousands of textile workers protesting for better pay, with water cannons and tear gas apart. According to police sources, had to close due to the strikes around 50 factories temporarily.

minimum wage: 83 Euro / month

The workers had demanded, among other things, with blockades of roads that already in 2018, agreed wage increase, the textile workers will also be implemented. The Ministry of labour informed now, the statutory minimum salary for newcomers to stay for a month 8000 Taka (just under 83 Euro) - in December, it had been a good 50 per cent. A worker with relevant work experience is to get now but 18.257 Taka per month instead of the previously applicable 17.510 Taka. The wages in the intervening four levels would be adjusted accordingly.

On the weekend were driven apart by policemen protesters.

Main industry

Bangladesh generates around 80 percent of its export revenue, with clothing sales abroad. Last year, the apparel was shipped to the value of 30 billion dollars (26 billion euros). Among the many clients of global corporations like H&M, Primark, Aldi, Walmart and Tesco.

in Spite of their contribution to the advancement of the country an important production base of textile workers in Bangladesh are among the lowest paid in the world. The industry is also notorious for their poor working conditions. In April 2013, the textile factory Rana Plaza collapsed under the weight of several illegally-stocked floors. At least 1138 people were killed.

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