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Garment workers held boss captive until he paid promised bonus

Minimun-wage workers in a garment factory in Bangladesh finally extracted a long-promised bonus from their boss after holding him captive in the factory for over 18 hours.

The factory boss -- who was unharmed -- had held back payment of worker bonuses for the Eid al-Adha holiday. Unions are celebrating the success of the bold worker action as a "positive development" in the context of a long fought labor dispute.

Reuters reported:

The [workers] forced their way into the office of owner Delwar Hossain and locked him in when he said no money was available.

Police, relatives of the owners and the factory owners' group, the BGMEA, launched talks with the protesters and a police official said Hossain was released after bonuses were paid to 900 workers late on Sunday.

"I see it as a positive movement as the workers were not violent and were able to realize their demand peacefully," said Amirul Haque Amin, president of the National Garment Workers' Federation trade union.

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