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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

They close over 100 textile factories wage protests in Bangladesh

Textile authorities Bangladesh have ordered on Monday, the temporary closure of at least 100 factories Ashulia industrial district near Dhaka, due to protests by workers demanding wage increases, in a decision that affects tens of thousands employees, who will not receive his salary during the time the extension of the closing, as stated by law. "In recent days there have been violent protests and has decided to close the workshops Ashulia until the situation returns to calm "said a source, who preferred to remain anonymous. Thus, and according to the order of the Association of Manufacturers and Exporters Articles Point (BGMEA),between 100 and 150 factoriesstop producing textiles, indefinitely, so that the halt could last several days, on Tuesday. This move comes just hours after the government announced the creation of Bangladesh a commission to study the increase in the wage sector minimum, to apply retroactively from 1 May. This committee shall be composed of representatives of governments, factories and union leaders, as explained Tarek Zahirul, spokesman of the Ministry of Textiles, within three months, made ​​a series of recommendations. Currently, the minimum monthly wage in the case of junior positions, and lowest paid in this sector is around 29 euros .The last time salaries were raised was in 2010, when he paid a minimum of about 16 euros. Moreover, the Government has also approved a package of amendments to the Employment Act 2006 , which will be introduced in Parliament within two months, which recognizes the right to form unions without permission from the factories or the compulsory health insurance and life for workers. The country is shocked since last April 24 of a building would collapse nine floors on the outskirts of Dhaka, with five textile factories producing goods for major western dial. Almost three weeks after the tragedy, which killed more than 1,127 people and injured 2,438 others, the search operation and clearing bodies, led by the Army, but that Tuesday will be transferred to the local administration, continue recovering corpses among the ruins of the "ground zero".

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