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Bangladesh factory workers get higher minimum wage

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Garment makers in Bangladesh will get a pay rise of 77 per cent, with a government-appointed wage board approving the increase following a wave of protests by factory workers.

Bangladesh is the world’s second-biggest textile exporter, though this year has been the subject of controversy after factory disasters such as the October Gazipur disaster which killed at least nine, and the Rana Plaza collapse outside of Dhaka in April, which killed over 1,100.

The last minimum wage increase was in 2010, Reuters reports, and the recent rise takes the monthly entry-level wage for a garment factory worker from 3,000 to 5,300 taka a month (roughly $74).

"The representatives of the owners and workers have agreed to comply with the decision of the wage board," said Sirajul Islam Rony, who sat on the committee.

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