Turkey: Zara to establish fund for workers left unpaid following closure of outsource factory
Customers in Istanbul reportedly found handwritten notes from Turkish workers in the pockets of in-store garments asking shoppers to back their campaign for better labour standards. The workers were employed by the manufacturer Bravo, which they say owes them three months of pay as well as severance allowance. Inditex, Zara's parent company, has now said it's working with trade unions and retailers Mango and Next on a fund to help workers affected.
All components of this story
Turkey: Shoppers at Zara find notes from unpaid factory workers sewn into clothes; incl. company comments
Author: Sarah Young, The Independent (UK)
"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..."
- Related stories: Turkey: Zara to establish fund for workers left unpaid following closure of outsource factory
- Related in-depth areas: Syrian refugees: Abuse & exploitation in Turkish garment factories
- Related companies: Inditex Mango Next Zara (part of Inditex)
Author: The News & Observer
Fashion retailer Zara says it is working on establishing a "hardship fund" to help a group of Turkish workers who were left unpaid when an outsource factory closed down. The workers went into Zara shops in Istanbul, leaving tags inside garments that read: "I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn't get paid for it." The workers were employed by the manufacturer Bravo, which the workers say owes them three months of pay as well as severance allowance. Spain-based Inditex, which owns Zara, said it's working with a trade union and retailers Mango and Next for a fund to help workers affected by "the fraudulent disappearance of the Bravo factory's owner." Inditex said: "We are committed to finding a swift solution for all of those impacted."