Shoppers at fashion retailer Zara in Istanbul have found unusual notes in their clothes from Turkish workers claiming they have not been paid for making the merchandise.

Zara, with $69.8 million in annual sales and more than 2,200 stores worldwide, might be one of the world’s most successful fast-fashion companies, but it did not make that kind of cash with clean hands.

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According to customers in Istanbul, cries for help in the form of handwritten notes from Turkish workers have been found in the pockets of in-store garments asking shoppers to back their campaign for better labor standards and pressure Zara into paying them the wages they say they are owed, the Associated Press reports.

Associated Press reports that employees from an outsourced manufacturer for Zara have been going into stores in Turkey and leaving tags in the clothes, reading: “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.”

The tags say the workers were employed by Bravo, which closed down overnight. Workers say the manufacturer owes them three months of pay as well as severance allowance. Inditex, Zara’s parent company, has since promised to reimburse its subcontractor’s workers as soon as possible. The whole incident is really shameful and shows how labour laws are being abused by big brands in the race of gaining more profits.

 

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