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Zara Shoppers Find Hidden Protest Notes Sewn Into Clothes From Unpaid Workers
By Izza Sofia, 08 Nov 2017
Workers from a factory that produced clothes for high street stores Zara, Mango and Next have reportedly sewn protest messages into clothes sold in Istanbul stores, claiming they had not been paid for their labour.
With more than 2,200 stores worldwide, Zara might be one of the world’s most successful fashion brands, but, once again, the retailer finds itself embroiled in controversy.
The labels state, “I made this item, but I didn’t get paid for it” and show a link to a petition, asking people to put pressure on the brands to pay them their wages, saying, “We want our rights, not charity.”
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.
The handwritten notes were left inside clothes, asking shoppers to back the workers’ campaign for better labour standards, and to pressure Zara to pay them due wages.
At the time of writing over 20,000 people had signed the online petition.
[via Refinery 29, opening image via YouTube]
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