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Bangladesh apparel exporters threaten to shut down factories

IANS  |  Dhaka 

apparel garment owners have threatened to shut down thousands of factories if the labour unrest over disparity in their new wage structure in the country's key export sector continues.

The warning came following week-long protests by the workers in and elsewhere, reports

Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) made the announcement in on Sunday.

He said factories across will be kept shut for an indefinite period from Monday if the workers do not return to their work stations.

Tens of thousands garment workers have been staging demonstration since last week.

They alleged that the minimum monthly basic wage in a grade had been increased to 8,000 taka from 5,300 taka but in other grades pay hikes were not reflected proportionately. (One $ equals about 84 taka.)

Like previous days, workers at key apparel hub -- Ashulia, on the outskirts of -- took to the streets on Sunday and clashed with the police.

At least 10 people were reportedly injured when police charged batons and used water cannons to disperse the unruly protesters.

On Saturday, workers ransacked nearly a dozen factories in protests.

Sheikh asked the relevant authorities to end the impasse and provide all the workers a proportionate salary increase.

Bangladesh's $31 billion apparel export sector comprises about 5,000 factories employing more than 4 million workers, 80 percent of whom are women.



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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 18:54 IST