Success For Bangladeshi Factory Workers as Minimum Wage is Raised

Success For Bangladeshi Factory Workers as Minimum Wage is Raised

For the last few months garment workers in Bangladesh have been protesting against their shockingly low minimum wage. But their actions, up until now, have been met with violent opposition, with the protests causing much unrest between the Bangladeshi government and worker’s unions.

But on Thursday 14th November, after days of violent protesting, where 250 factories had been forced to close, Bangladeshi factory owners finally agreed to raise their employee’s wages by 77%, bringing the national minium wage up to 5,300 taka (around £42). The new salary will begin from December 1st.

This is a major breakthrough for worker’s rights, as 60% of the Bangladeshi population are employed in the garment industry. Could this trigger new beginnings for a fairer system? Let’s hope so…

 

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