'Girl Power' charity T-shirts 'were made at Bangladesh factory where female ...

More than 100 workers at a Bangladesh factory which makes 'Girl Power' charity T-shirts have reportedly been fired after striking over wages as low as 42p an hour.

The £28 tops, worn by stars including Holly Willoughby and Emma Bunton, are created at a factory run by Dird Composite Textiles, reports the Guardian. 

Sold by F=, £10 from each sale goes to Worldreader, a charity which gives people in developing countries access to digital books.

After being contacted about the claims, F= pulled sales of the T-shirt, saying they would wait until the issues had been looked into before selling them again.

F= do not make the T-shirts themselves, and instead hired Stanley/Stella. The brand make most of their products in Bangladesh, and a recent Fair Wear Foundation audit found they pay the minimum wage to all their workers.

More than 100 workers at a Bangladeshi factory which makes 'Girl Power' charity T-shirts, pictured on Holly Willoughby and Emma Bunton, have reportedly been fired after striking over low wages

More than 100 workers at a Bangladeshi factory which makes 'Girl Power' charity T-shirts, pictured on Holly Willoughby and Emma Bunton, have reportedly been fired after striking over low wages

In a statement on their website, F= said they chose the Belgium-based company to produce their T-shirts because they had some of the 'best credentials in terms of sustainability and good working conditions'.

But one worker at the Dird factory claimed she was beaten after the management ordered the attack, while others have complained of harassment.

The machinists who spoke to the Guardian claimed they had been fired after a strike in January over the new minimum wage, which they say is too low at just 8,000 taka (£71.34) a month.

Union leaders believe 7,500 workers in total have lost their jobs in the area over the action in recent weeks. 

Dird Composite Textiles told the Guardian that the workers had resigned, rather than been fired.

Writing about the claims on their website, F='s Danielle Newnham said they would look for another supplier immediately if there was evidence of mistreatment.

She said:

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