The move was taken after days of violent protests by tens of thousands of workers demanding better wages. ..The
Association said they had no other way to avoid the anarchy in the
major industrial hub outside the capital even though they were missing
buyers’ deadlines because of the continuous unrest. ..Over the
last few days, thousands of workers took to the streets and attacked
many factories in Ashulia. Hundreds have been injured in clashes with
police, who are trying to remove them from streets and stop the
violence. ..The workers are demanding that the minimum wage rise
to 5,000 takas ($73) a month. The current average monthly salary is
2,000 takas ($29). ..Fresh violence occurred Tuesday as workers
found the factories closed. They smashed vehicles and set fire to at
least five on a major highway. ..The country has some 4,000 garment factories that export mainly to the United States and Europe. ..Garment
exports earn the country $12 billion. The industry employs 2 million
people in Bangladesh and is a mainstay of the impoverished country’s
economy. ..It has been hit hard by the global recession,
however, and manufacturers say they’re being squeezed by a slump in
demand and higher production costs due to an energy crisis and poor
infrastructure. ”