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Workers rally for better conditions on May Day

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Tens of thousands of low-paid workers took to the streets in Asia on May Day to demand higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions a week after a Bangladesh garment factory building collapse killed hundreds — a grim reminder of how lax safety regulations make going to work a danger in many poor countries. 

A Cambodian garment factory worker, left, has her face painted with the US currency sign as she joins a rally on May Day in Phnom Penh.

Labourers in Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines and elsewhere marched and chanted en masse Wednesday, sounding complaints about being squeezed by big business amid the surging cost of living.

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