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Turkey: Shoppers at Zara find notes from unpaid factory workers sewn into clothes; incl. company comments
Author: Sarah Young, The Independent (UK), Published on: 6 November 2017
"Unpaid labourers are 'slipping pleas for help into Zara clothes'", 4 November 2017
According to customers in Istanbul, cries for help in the form of handwritten notes from Turkish workers have been found in the pockets of in-store garments asking shoppers to back their campaign for better labour standards and pressure Zara into paying them the wages they say they are owed... The notes state the workers in question were employed by third-party manufacturer Bravo Tekstil, which reportedly closed down overnight, leaving workers owed several months wages... [J]ust last month Zara’s parent company, Inditex, published a press release stating its dedication to working with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to “[enhance] labour conditions at all levels of the garment sector value chain”. [...] In response to the news, an Inditex spokesperson told The Independent, "Inditex has met all of its contractual obligations to Bravo Textil and is currently working on a proposal with the local IndustriALL affiliate, Mango and Next to establish a hardship fund for the workers affected by the fraudulent disappearance of the Bravo factory’s owner..."