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Striking Bangladesh Factory Workers Clash with Police

Bangladesh police were called in during a battle with factory workers on a hunger strike in Dhaka, Bangladesh on Tuesday. Using truncheons, police separated hundreds of factory workers as they tried to surround the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) headquarters, witnesses told Reuters.

More than 1,500 workers of apparel manufacturer Tuba Group in Dhaka have been on hunger strike since July 28. They are protesting for full payment of wages, overtime and bonuses for May, June and July, compensation for ill workers and better job security.

The protestors are also calling for the death penalty for Tuba Group managing director, Delwar Hossain, who is imprisoned for the death of 112 workers killed in the Tuba-owned Tazreen Fashion fire in 2012, as well as the compensation for those who died.

Workers were offered payment for two months this week, and were told by BGMEA that the rest of the salaries and bonus for the Eid al-Fitr holiday would be paid by the Tuba Group later this month, however, the offer was declined. Even though at least 112 strikers have fallen ill, the workers said they refuse to end the strike until all of their demands are met.