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Protests close garment factories

Protests and strikes have closed garment factories in Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Protests began over demands for change in the governments in both countries but have also centred around increases in the minimum wage.

Yesterday (December 30) garment workers in Cambodia continued protests for a higher minimum wage, which saw tens of thousands of people hold a rally on Sunday. Last week the government announced a €15 (£9.10) rise in minimum wage to €95 (£57.48) a month, however workers are demanding the salary be raised to €160 (£96.80) a month.

In Bangladesh businesses have remained closed in protest against the ruling Awami League, which has impacted clothing factories’ ability to fulfil orders.

It has been reported that political blockades and shutdowns have costs factories more than €2m (£1.2m) this month on top of penalties factory owners have paid for delayed shipping.

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