Bangladesh, Savar’s tanneries closed for strikes: the old workers were left out of the minimum wage increase

About one thousand workers of the Savar tanning district have started a strike. According to what reported by the Daily Star, at least 5 tanneries of the district, on the morning of December 20th, didn’t open their doors, while police forces were present on the streets. Fueling the workers’ protest, according to local sources, is the recent minimum wage increase lawfully approved by the government last September. Why? Because the new law is only applicable to newly-hired workers, thus excluding the ones already with a contract. For the ones already working, minimum wage remains low. And that isn’t a much-liked outcome.

 

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