Turkey - Supply industries with poor working conditions - January 01, 2017

An investigation sheds light on the practices of factories that supply products for some of the most expensive and luxury leather brands. The investigation revealed that some items are produced by workers expected to toil 10 hours a day while earning well below a living wage. It would take all their pay for three months to buy either item. The reporters tracked down a back-alley factory in the leather district where the PM’s luxury trousers are made. The Pasha Leather workshop is tucked away in a rundown district, where pay is as low as £297 a month. For the 10-hour day that is common in this garment trade, that is just £1.49 an hour. Many of those producing high-end goods for Western shoppers will spend their lives in abject poverty. A trade union spokesperson said some cannot even feed their families – and those who complain are fired on the spot.

English: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/inside-factory-theresa-mays ...  

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