Five months after the Rana Plaza factory complex collapsed, killing 1,129 people, and drawing attention to unsafe working conditions that permeate the international fashion industry, Bangladeshi garment workers took to the streets in protest. The action–Bangladesh’s largest worker protest to date–was meant to communicate worker demands for a higher minimum wage. The current base wage for garment workers is 3,000 takas, about $38 per month. Such a low wage is unthinkable, especially when you consider that these workers make clothing for some of the most successful brands in the world, including H&MWalmart, and Zara. After five days of unruly protest during which 50 people, including six policemen, were injured, Bangladesh’s government deployed paramilitary troops to drive the workers from the streets.

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