Executive Briefings

Zara Announces Hardship Fund for Unpaid Turkish Workers

Fashion retailer Zara says it is working on establishing a hardship fund to reimburse a group of Turkish workers who were left unpaid when a supplier factory closed down.

Zara customers in Istanbul found notes from Turkish workers in the pockets of in-store garments asking shoppers to back their campaign to pressure Zara into paying them wages they say they are owed.

The note said third-party manufacturer Bravo Tekstil, which supplies Zara, closed down overnight in July 2016, leaving 140 workers owed three months wages and severance allowances. Bravo Tekstil also manufactures garments for high street brands Mango and Next.

The note asked consumers to sign an online petition to support their campaign for reimbursement.

Turkish consumers tweeted the note they found in the garments.

The worker’s campaign was organised by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), the garment industry’s largest alliance of labour unions and NGOs, which focuses on the improvement of working conditions in the garment and sportswear industries.

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Zara customers in Istanbul found notes from Turkish workers in the pockets of in-store garments asking shoppers to back their campaign to pressure Zara into paying them wages they say they are owed.

The note said third-party manufacturer Bravo Tekstil, which supplies Zara, closed down overnight in July 2016, leaving 140 workers owed three months wages and severance allowances. Bravo Tekstil also manufactures garments for high street brands Mango and Next.

The note asked consumers to sign an online petition to support their campaign for reimbursement.

Turkish consumers tweeted the note they found in the garments.

The worker’s campaign was organised by the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC), the garment industry’s largest alliance of labour unions and NGOs, which focuses on the improvement of working conditions in the garment and sportswear industries.

Read Full Article