Zara Shoppers Found Handwritten Notes from Unpaid Factory Employees

Zara, the Spanish clothing retailer is in trouble as the shoppers have found unusual notes on their garments from workers. On Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, several factory workers in   Istanbul, Turkey put handwritten notes into the pockets of their clothes claiming they have not been paid for making merchandise in the store.

The note reads, “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.” Essentially, the tags are meant to recommend shoppers to back their campaign and pressure on them to send message to the giants about their claims.

According to the tags, the workers are said to be from Bravo Textile that is Zara’s third-party manufacturer with a factory based in Istanbul.

Employees claim that about two months ago, textile workers at Bravo who also manufacturers clothing for Mango and Next started a petition. After the shutdown of the manufacturing company in July 2016, out of 150 jobless employess140 signed the petition demanding their rights.

The petitioners wrote that they have all laboured for Zara/Inditex, Next, and Mango for years. The companies are earning huge profits for them.

The petitioners added, “We demand now that these brands give us the basic respect to compensate us for our labour. We demand no more than our basic rights! We call on the international community to support our struggle, sign and share to support our campaign!”

Inditex spokesperson said that it is currently preparing a plan to establish a hardship fund for the workers affected with the local IndustriALL affiliate, Mango, and Next. But, the proposal affected by the dishonest disappearance of the Bravo factory’s owner.

Inditex said that it is committed to finding a swift solution for all of those impacted.

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