Zara Under Fire as Factory Workers Left Without Pay

In a story thats become all too familiar, shoppers found pleas for help in their new clothing.

The tags carried the hashtag #BravoIscileriIcinAdalet, or "Justice for Bravo workers".

The tags were left by workers from Turkish company Bravo Tekstil, which produced clothes for Zara and other big international brands like Next and Mango before it went bankrupt overnight last year.

Workers were not paid in the period up to the factory closing, so they are looking to Inditex, Zara’s parent company,to pay them their lost wages.

Zara have stated that they "immediately took action to try to help workers in this unfair situation and that Inditex remains committed to be a part of the joint efforts to find a solution for workers".

The workers’ union representative DISK Tekstil, however, underlines that if Inditex does not compensate each and every worker’s lost wages, their campaign will continue.

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"Zara announces to the whole world that they are responsible for each worker producing their goods. The fund they proposed only covers a quarter of the workers’ losses. There are cancer patients amongst these workers, there are those who suffered from strokes. If the brands do not compensate all of these 153 workers, we are going to continue to raise awareness with this campaign." – Asalettin Arslanoglu from DISK Tekstil.

Fast fashion is a multibillion pound industry, and it is also responsible for 60-75 million workers, but where does the responsibility start and end? Workers are often underpaid, children are used as slave labour and since the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza, a building in Bangladesh that housed five garment factories, just 17 brands have signed the Apparel and Footwear Supply Chain Transparency Pledge.

There has to be some sort of wake up call for the fashion industry, if a major factory disaster and continued stories of workers misstreatment isn’t it, then in all honesty, we don’t know what has to happen to impliment change.

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