Bangladesh is a global leader in garment production, employing roughly 4 million people, predominantly women, in nearly 3 thousand five hundred factories.
Workers currently earn a minimum wage of 75 dollars per month and often need to work extra hours to afford basic necessities. Over the weekend, protests escalated after the Bangladesh garment manufacturers and exporters association proposed a 25 percent wage increase, falling short of workers’ demand for 208 dollars.
The protests have resulted in property damage and disruption of daily life, with reports of two worker fatalities. Workers argue that the constant rise in prices makes it increasingly difficult to support their families.