Bangladesh Garment Workers Strike

More than 50,000 Bangladeshi garment workers went on strike this month to demand a livable wage after the government raised the monthly minimum wage from $53 to only $95, still a global low for the apparel industry. However, the government and factory owners did not raise the wages of the majority of the workers—a four-million strong labor force that is 80 percent female—who fall in the lowest grade.