Bangladesh's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) policemen return after a raid in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP Photo)
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Bangladesh garment workers arrested last year over wage strikes are being released, global union IndustriALL said Saturday, adding that international fashion brands have agreed not to boycott a key industry conference in capital Dhaka.A strike by tens of thousands of workers in December demanding higher pay was quashed after around two weeks, with 1,600 employees sacked and 34 workers and union leaders arrested.Global fashion companies including H&M and Zara-owner Inditex -- top clients of Bangladesh's $30-billion garment industry -- later said they would pull out of a key conference in support of the workers.Bangladesh's garment industry accounts for 80 percent of its annual exports, but it has a woeful history of poor pay and conditions for its four million workers.
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