Tens of thousands of low-paid workers took to the streets on May Day to demand higher wages, better benefits and improved working conditions

JAKARTA, Indonesia: Tens of thousands of low-paid workers took to the streets 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.

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

Asia is the manufacturing ground for many of the world’s largest multinational companies.

In Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous country, tens of thousands of workers rallied for higher pay and an end to the practice of outsourcing jobs to contract workers, among other demands.

Some also carried banners and protested against a proposed plan for the government to slash fuel subsidies that have kept the country’s pump prices among the cheapest in the region.