Woman Shot Dead in Korean Industrial Park in Bangladesh

One Bangladeshi worker was shot dead by riot police during demonstrations against pay cuts in a Korean industrial park in Bangladesh last Thursday, AFP reported.

The industrial park is home to Korean garment and shoe factories. Many of the protesters were employees of Youngone Trading, a sportswear manufacturer.

About 5,000 local workers in the industrial park in Chittagong in southern Bangladesh marched into Youngone Trading's factory and staged a sit-in there on payday because rumors had spread that allowances for all workers in the industrial park would be cut.

Police fired tear gas and then live ammunition, shooting a woman in her 20s in the head. A total of 15 people including police officers were injured.

Bangladesh has seen a series of labor protests since the collapse of a garment factory in April last year killed 1,135 workers. The government helped raise garment workers' minimum wage by 77 percent to US$68 a month.

Youngone Trading raised the gross monthly payroll but reportedly cut some other allowances.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 13, 2014 11:43 KST