News we don’t get in the MSM: Workers Set Factories Ablaze in Call for Decent Wage for Producing Globe’s ‘Cheap’ Clothing

Workers Set Factories Ablaze in Call for Decent Wage for Producing Globe’s ‘Cheap’ Clothing

The workers, 80% of whom are women, have demanded a $100 monthly wage for their contributions to the $20-billion industry, and called the factory owners’ offer of just a 20% raise “inhuman and humiliating.” Their current monthly wage is $38, prompting one protester to say,  “We work to survive but we can’t even cover our basic needs.”

Bangladesh swept by a third day of protests that leaves nearly 150 injured.
Andrea Germanos
September 23, 2013

Garment workers shout as they call other workers to join them, in front of Brothers Fashion Limited, during a protest in Dhaka September 23, 2013. Reuters/Andrew Biraj
Up to 200,000 garment factory workers sustained a third day of protests in Bangladesh on Monday, forcing hundreds of factories to close as the workers’ call for a better minimum wage was met with teargas and rubber bullets from police. Protests were held in the capital of Dhaka and surrounding areas, home to hundreds of factories that produce clothing that ends up stores like Walmart and H&M. At least two factories were set ablaze by protesters, Reaz-Bin-Mahmood, vice-president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, told Agence France-Presse. The protesting workers also blocked roads and confiscated and destroyed rifles from security officials. Resulting clashes with police left nearly 150 injured. The workers, 80% of whom are women, have demanded a $100 monthly wage for their contributions to the $20-billion industry, and called the factory owners’ offer of just a 20% raise “inhuman and humiliating.” Their current monthly wage is $38, prompting one protester to say,  “We work to survive but we can’t even cover our basic needs.”

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