27 Dec '16, 10am

#Bangladesh factories sack 1,500 workers after protests

DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh garment manufacturers have sacked at least 1,500 workers, police said on Tuesday (Dec 27), after protests over pay led to a week-long shutdown at dozens of factories supplying top Western brands. Tens of thousands of workers walked out of factories in the manufacturing hub of Ashulia that make clothing for top Western brands like GAP, Zara and H&M earlier this month, prompting concerns over supply during the holiday season. Police branded the protests illegal and said they had arrested 30 workers including seven union leaders, as well as a television reporter covering the unrest. On Tuesday, they said factory owners had sacked around 1,500 workers and resumed operations, a week after shutting down to try to contain the protests. The Bangladesh Garment and Industrial Workers Federation meanwhile put the number sacked at 3,500 and said dozens of prot...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south-asia/bangladesh-fa...

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