Mon September 23, 2013
Bangladesh Garment Workers Protest Over Pay, Factories Shutdown
STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:
NPR's business news starts with protests in Bangladesh.
Thousands of garment workers in Bangladesh continue protesting today. Dozens have been injured in clashes with police. They're demanding higher wages, seeking about $100 - per month. The demonstrators have forced over 100 factories to closes; factories that supply retailer like Wal-Mart and Gap.
Bangladesh has become a global clothing manufacturing in part because of those low wages. But working conditions have come under the spotlight because of tragedies like one this spring, when a building housing several garment factories collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.