Deaths in Bangladesh garment wage protests - UPDATED

The government raised minimum monthly salaries for garment workers couple of months ago, but the protesters said they were not being paid accordingly.

Deaths in Bangladesh garment wage protests - UPDATED

Three people were killed and scores injured Sunday as tens of thousands of Bangladesh garment workers protested low wages, police said.

Police fired live bullets and tear gas shells as workers staged violent protests in Dhaka and the southeastern city of Chittagong, a day after Korean company Youngone -- the country's largest exporter -- shut down all 17 of its factories following worker demonstrations.

Bangladesh's garment workers, who make clothes for many Western brands, have been protesting that a government hike in wages that was due last month has not been implemented.

The new minimum wage was raised to 3,000 taka ($43), from 1,662 taka ($24) earlier, payable from Dec. 1.

Garments account for more than 80 percent of Bangladesh's annual exports worth of more than $16 billion, and have been a mainstay of the economy.

Agencies

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