Monday, 2 November 2009

Two dead as workers rise up in anger

WORKERS in Bangladesh rose up in anger after a clothes factory was shut down, owing them three months' unpaid wages.

Reported AFP: "At least two people died and 100 people were injured Saturday when Bangladesh police fired rubber bullets at thousands of garment factory workers rioting over unpaid wages, police said.

"The two people were killed after around 15,000 workers began hurling stones and rocks, prompting officers to retaliate, police said, in the worst industrial violence to shake Bangladesh as it struggles to cope with the fallout from the global recession.

"Police said the protesters, who worked for Bangladeshi-owned Nippon Garments, were demanding three months' back pay from owners who had shut down the factory, blaming a lack of orders."

The clash happened at Tongi, 20 km (12 miles) north of Dhaka.

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