January 13, 2014 11:43
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.
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