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Unpaid Turkish Garment Workers Tag Zara Items to Seek Help

The tag calls on the shopper to pressure Zara into paying garment workers and support their campaign.
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  • Associated Press

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Fashion retailer Zara says it is working on establishing a "hardship fund" to help a group of Turkish workers who were left unpaid when an outsource factory closed down.

The workers went into Zara shops in Istanbul, leaving tags inside garments that read: “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.”

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

Spain-based Inditex, which owns Zara, said it’s working with a trade union and retailers Mango and Next for a fund to help workers affected by “the fraudulent disappearance of the Bravo factory’s owner.”

Inditex said: “We are committed to finding a swift solution for all of those impacted.”

Editor's Note: This article was updated on 6 November 2017.

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