According to local reports, the companies have forced many senior employees to resign, presumably to avoid paying higher wages and social security benefits. Earlier, over 5,000 employees had been arrested for taking part in protests in January
Over 5,000 workers were dismissed for taking part in protests, demanding higher wages earlier this month. The workers had pointed out that even after the government announced a hike, they were still living on poverty wages.
On January 8, police fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at protesters. As many as 50,000 garment workers walked out of 4,500 factories in Bangladesh
The Grand Alliance, led by the Awami League of prime minister Sheikh Hasina, secured 288 seats while the National Unity Front was able to secure only 7.