Bangladeshi tea plantation workers protesting on Saturday. Nearly 150,000 workers at more than 200 plantations went on strike demanding a 150 per cent rise to their dollar-a-day wages, which researchers say are among the lowest in the world. Photo: AFP
Bangladeshi tea plantation workers protesting on Saturday. Nearly 150,000 workers at more than 200 plantations went on strike demanding a 150 per cent rise to their dollar-a-day wages, which researchers say are among the lowest in the world. Photo: AFP
Bangladesh

150,000 Bangladeshi tea workers – ‘modern-day slaves’ – strike over dollar-a-day wages

  • The workers, at more than 200 tea plantations, want a 150 per cent wage rise; their pay is said to be among the lowest in the world
  • They say they can barely afford food, let alone other necessities; plantation operators say their costs have risen amid fuel price hikes

Bangladeshi tea plantation workers protesting on Saturday. Nearly 150,000 workers at more than 200 plantations went on strike demanding a 150 per cent rise to their dollar-a-day wages, which researchers say are among the lowest in the world. Photo: AFP
Bangladeshi tea plantation workers protesting on Saturday. Nearly 150,000 workers at more than 200 plantations went on strike demanding a 150 per cent rise to their dollar-a-day wages, which researchers say are among the lowest in the world. Photo: AFP
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