Zara Shoppers Found Handwritten Notes from Unpaid Factory Employees

Zara Shoppers Found Handwritten Notes from Unpaid Factory Employees

The Associated Press reports that the workers have gone into Zara stores in Istanbul to leave tags in the pockets of the retailer's merchandise.

"I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn't get paid for it".

Inditex spokesperson said that it is now preparing a plan to establish a hardship fund for the workers affected with the local IndustriALL affiliate, Mango, and Next.

Allure has reached out to Inditex, the owner of Zara and the largest fashion group in the world, and will update this post when we hear back.

The workers were employed by the manufacturer Bravo, which the workers say owes them three months of pay as well as severance allowance.

A change.org petition has been launched for the cause.


New Zealand's first Zara store at Sylvia Park on October 6, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The petition also sheds some light on why Inditex has still not compensated these workers. The petition notes that during the ensuing year of negotiations, the employees continued to work so as not to disrupt negotiations. We demand no more than our basic rights! The companies are earning huge profits for them.

According to Clean Clothes Campaign, an worldwide alliance devoted to improving working conditions in the global garment industry, the workers are seeking 2,739,281.30 Turkish lira, which, in the case of Inditex, amounts to less than 0.01% of net sales for only the first quarter of 2017.

In September it was revealed that the 140 workers effected by Bravo Tekstil's closure had been owed the wages for over a year, reportedly totaling £570,000 including severance pay. They have proven time and again that they control every aspect of their orders to their suppliers. Meanwhile, our boss disappeared, taking our wages with him. But in the end, Inditex, Mango, and Next have the power and capacity to make things right.

Over one year after the petition was started, a solution has not been found.

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