Teachers in Bangladesh have started a new hunger strike in the latest stage of their long struggle for justice. Tens of thousands of teachers in the country are in approximately 8000 schools and colleges which are recognised by the government and yet their teachers are not paid, meaning that they have to rely on contributions from parents. The situation for these teachers means that they are living in poverty and they have no pension or other rights.

According to the leaders of the protest, some 15000 teachers across the country are taking part and they say they will continue with their fast until their demands are met.

As teachers starve, global corporations continue to make a killing by exploiting the appalling pay and conditions in Bangladeshi garment factories, and the World Bank weeps crocodile tears about the number of children living in poverty and out of school. -