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Bangladesh factory owners to workers: Go back to work or we won't pay you

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Staff Writer | January 13, 2019
The head of Bangladesh’s garment manufacturers association on Sunday called on protesting workers to return to work by Monday or companies will cut off their pay.
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Asia   Bangladesh is the world’s second-biggest garment exporter
The workers’ protests, which have broken down into clashes between police and protesters that killed one worker on Tuesday and wounded dozens more last week, pushed the Bangladesh government to consider the demand for higher pay.

The country is the world’s second-biggest garment exporter behind China.

Seeking to end the turmoil, Siddiqur Rahman, president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) threatened to cut off the workers’ pay at a news conference after further clashes on Sunday.

“If you don’t return to your work by tomorrow, you will not be paid any wages and we will shut down factories for an indefinite period,” he said. “Despite repeated assurance of meeting the demands, the workers are being incited to create unrest. We will not allow this anymore.”