13 Dec 2010

Clash over pay for garment workers

7:24 am on 13 December 2010

At least three people were killed and dozens more injured when police in Bangladesh clashed with garment factory workers demanding better pay.

Police used batons and tear gas to disperse thousands of protesters in Dhaka and Chittagong on Sunday.

Demonstrations a day earlier closed almost all factories in southern Bangladesh.

Labour unions say many of the factories are not implementing the new salary scale announced by a government wage board earlier this year.

From November, the factories should have been paying a wage of at least $US43 per month.

Around Dhaka, workers in some factories have been protesting for a number of days, demanding increased pay.

The BBC reports more than three million people, mostly women, work in Bangladesh's garment industry, which is a key sector of the economy.