At least 1,500 workers have been sacked from Bangladesh garment factories after protests forced a week-long shutdown at dozens of sites supplying top European and American brands.
Tens of thousands of workers walked out of factories in December in a manufacturing hub supplying clothes for brands such as Gap, Zara and H&M. The protests were sparked by the sacking of 121 workers, but soon evolved into demands for an increase in the minimum wage.
More than 50 factories were closed in late December to try to contain the protests, which escalated after police fired rubber bullets that injured 10 demonstrators, according to labour leader Taslima Akhter. Many workers are facing criminal charges, and a reporter was also arrested.