DHAKA, Bangladesh – Police have fired rubber bullets and tear gas in the third day of clashes with thousands of garment workers demanding better minimum wages amid escalating tension over the country’s main export.
Police say Monday’s violence mainly took place in the Gazipur and Savar Industrial zones, just outside the capital of Dhaka.
The police chief for the Gazipur area, Abdul Baten, says scores have been injured. More than 100 factories were closed, he said.
The workers demand that their minimum monthly wage be increased to 8,114 takas (around $100), up from the current 3,000 takas ($38).
Factory owners are unwilling to increase the wage beyond 3,600 takas ($45).
Bangladesh earns about $20 billion a year from exporting garment products.