Unions in Bangladesh have asked the government to intervene in false cases against thousands of workers arrested and fired from their jobs for participating in the December protests.
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.
Human rights activists complained that the step would further worsen the conditions of the families of the refugees who were still 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.
63-year-old Shahidul Alam was arrested on August 5, hours after he gave an interview to Al Jazeera in which he spoke about the demands of the student protesters in the country. The student protests saw tens of thousands of youth hit the streets demanding safer roads