Work­ers clash with po­lice in Bangladesh

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Thou­sands of Bangladeshi gar­ment work­ers churn­ing out clothes for top global brands walked off the job yes­ter­day and clashed with po­lice as protests over low wages en­tered a sec­ond week.

Po­lice said wa­ter can­nons and tear gas were fired to dis­perse huge crowds of strik­ing fac­tory work­ers in Savar, a gar­ment hub just out­side the cap­i­tal Dhaka.

Bangladesh is de­pen­dant on gar­ments stitched by mil­lions of low-paid tai­lors on fac­tory floors.

Roughly 80 per cent of its ex­port earn­ings come from cloth­ing sales abroad, with global re­tail­ers H&M, Pri­mark, Wal­mart, Tesco and Aldi among the main buy­ers.

Gar­ment work­ers have been de­mand­ing a wage rise, clos­ing fac­to­ries for seven days and tak­ing to the streets in huge marches. —

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