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Bangladesh garment factories shut down as workers protest

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 11:06

Zee media Bureau

Dhaka: The owners of garment factories near Dhaka in Bangladesh have decided to pull down the shutters after employees angered by a building collapse last month continue to protest, reports said Tuesday.

The move by the factory owners comes as the death toll from the last month’s building collapse The at Rana Plaza in Savar, reached 1,127.

The decision was announced by Bangladesh’s textile association, reported the BBC.

The massive rescue operation is slated to end today when the Army will hand over the place to the district administration, added the BBC report.

Workers have erupted in protests on a routine basis after the horrific collapse killed more than a thousand.

More than 300 factories have been closed down in Ashulia region near Dhaka as owners are scared of the unrest that has been ignited by the collapse.

A local police chief said that employees in Ashulia carried out protest walks demanding pay hike and also execution of the building owner.

The rage was intensified by the discovery of a female survivor who was alive after 17 days of the collapse.

Thousands of workers vented out their indignation as they vandalized vans and local shops.

Acting in response, the Bangladesh government has decided to hike the salries of garment factory workers, said a media report yesterday.

First Published: Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 11:03
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