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Bangladesh Raises Minimum Wage for Garment Workers After Unrest

Bangladesh will raise the minimum wage for the country’s garment workers by 77 percent to 5,300 taka ($68) following a labor dispute that shut factories in the Ashulia industrial zone on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.

The wage increase will be effective from Dec. 1, Labor Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju said at a media briefing yesterday. The announcement came after workers’ protests that forced about 250 garment factories to close and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged factory owners to accept the pay recommendation made by a government-appointed panel.