Turkey - Garment tags indicated unpaid wages - November 30, 2017

Workers attached tags on garments that were sold in shops of fashion retailer Zara. The tags indicated that workers had not been paid for the merchandise, saying ‘I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it’. The desperate notes drew shoppers’ attention and put pressure on Zara’s parent company, Inditex, for the solving of outstanding wage payments. The workers were employed by subcontractor Bravo Tekstil that served as a supplier for Zara, along with other European-based labels like Mango and Next. The manufacturer closed down overnight, took all the money the fashion companies had paid and disappeared. He left the workers with three months of unpaid wages and severance allowance. The action had success as it came out that Zara was willing to create a fund for the reimbursement of unpaid wages, severance pay and unused vacation time.

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