» 12/13/2010, 00.00
Garment workers riot over wages in Chittagong, three dead, dozens injured
Employers are accused of not implementing government minimum wage increase. In Chittagong and Dhaka, factories and police stations are attacked with bricks and stones. Police fire into the crowd.
Thousands of garment workers stop Bangladesh, demanding higher wages
For the past three days, garment workers have been on strike to demand a minimum monthly salary of 8,000 taka (US$ 100). "With the 3,000 taka (US$ 40) that I take now, I cannot [. . .] buy medicine for my mother," a young worker said. Collapsed buildings in the Tazreen Fashion and Rana Plaza cases revealed the inhuman conditions in which more than 2 million garment workers live.
Government to raise the minimum wage
A panel of trade unionists and business leaders will be set up to examine garment industry regulations in the wake of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed more than a thousand people.
Some 200 Bangladesh garment factories reopen with bigger paycheques for workers
Dhaka plants owners agree to a higher minimum wage. The "offer is good" but only a "promise". The danger is that wages will be raised and workers fired.
No compensation for Rana Plaza and Fashion Tazreen survivors
Only nine out of 28 international brands attend Geneva meeting aimed at creating a compensation fund for victims of the collapse of two garment factories. A local source told AsiaNews that "the situation is much more complex" because of unreliable unions and local mafias. "Signs of change" among Bangladeshi businessmen are visible, which "the authorities must help."
Workers in Phnom Penh on strike for higher wages and better working conditions
The employer is a Singapore-based company working for international labels like Levi's, Gap and H&M. Workers want more money for transportation and housing as their base pay falls below the survival level. PIME missionary says the fight is unequal but at least it is a "sign" of greater awareness about workers' and labour rights.
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