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Bangladesh: Factory workers who make Lululemon clothing say they are routinely underpaid, beaten and humiliated

Author: Sarah Marsh and Redwan Ahmed, The Guardian, Published on: 22 October 2019

"Workers making £88 Lululemon leggings claim they are beaten", 14 October 2019

Lululemon, an athleisure brand, are sourcing clothing from a factory where Bangladeshi female factory workers claim they are beaten and physically assaulted.

Yet young female workers at a factory in Bangladesh making clothing for the label gave detailed accounts of how they struggled to survive on meagre wages and faced physical violence and regular humiliation at the hands of their managers, who called them “whores” and “sluts”. The factory is owned and run by the Youngone Corporation, which supplies Lululemon.

Workers allege that:

  • Factory workers who break any rules or leave earlier than expected are verbally abused by management and hit. Some said they had been made to work despite ill-health

  • Some labourers are paid 9,100 taka a month (£85) – less than the price of one pair of their leggings, which sell for as much as £138.50.

  • They are forced to work overtime to hit targets, saying they sometimes felt immense pressure not to leave their work stations

Lululemon said it has a strict code of practice, and does not tolerate any violations of this. The company said it would immediately launch an investigation.  

Workers also raised concerns about not being able to leave when they are sick, with one girl who had jaundice reportedly granted time off by the medical team at the factory but told by her production manager she had to keep working.  

 

An employee serves a customer at the Lululemon store in London

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Related companies: Lululemon Athletica