Bangladesh gar­ment work­ers back on strike

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Thou­sands of Bangladeshi cloth­ing work­ers mak­ing gar­ments for top global brands went on strike again yes­ter­day and clashed with po­lice as protests over low wages en­tered a sec­ond week. Po­lice said wa­ter can­non and tear­gas were fired to dis­perse crowds of strik­ing work­ers in Savar, a gar­ment cen­tre out­side the cap­i­tal Dhaka. Po­lice di­rec­tor Sana Shaminur Rahman said: “So far, 52 fac­to­ries have shut down op­er­a­tions.” Bangladesh is de­pen­dent on gar­ments made by mil­lions of low-paid staff in fac­to­ries. About 80 per cent of its ex­port earn­ings come from cloth­ing sales abroad, with re­tail­ers H&M, Pri­mark, Wal­mart, Tesco and Aldi among the main buy­ers.

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