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Garment workers shout slogans as they block a street during a protest demanding higher wages in Gazipur

Garment workers shout slogans as they block a street during a protest demanding higher wages in Gazipur November 13, 2013. Violent protests shuttered some 250 Bangladesh garment factories near the capital Dhaka on Wednesday, as thousands of workers demanded higher wages at the outlets providing cheap clothing for retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. REUTERS/Stringer (BANGLADESH - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST BUSINESS TEXTILE EMPLOYMENT)

Bangladesh garment workers clash with police

Bangladeshi garment factory owners said on Thursday they had agreed to a proposed 77 percent rise in the minimum wage, but police used teargas and rubber bullets to break up new protests by stone-throwing workers calling for a bigger increase.



Bangladesh's official wage board had proposed the rise to $68 a month as the minimum wage, up from $38, after a string of fatal factory accidents this year thrust poor pay and conditions into the international spotlight. (Reuters)