Employees Are Leaving Secret Messages for Help in Zara Garments

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And in other news, Zara is once again under fire. 

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The Spanish retailer, who has been in the news in the past for stealing ideas from indie artists, is now in hot water for allegedly not paying their factory workers. According to the AP, shoppers in Istanbul found notes from Turkish workers sewn in their garments. One tag read, “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.”

The hidden notes were placed by workers from Bravo Tekstil, one of Zara's factories, who claims they have been unpaid for up to three months and severance allowance. In 2016, over 155 people were left without a job after the former manager left without any indication.

Last year, Inditex, the owners of Zara, revealed they were setting up a fund to help the workers affected by the company's boss disappearance. 

"Inditex has met all of its contractual obligations to Bravo Textil [sic] and is currently working on a proposal with the local IndustriALL affiliate, Mango, and Next to establishing a hardship fund for the workers affected by the fraudulent disappearance of the Bravo factory’s owner," a spokesperson told Refinery29.

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"This hardship fund would cover unpaid wages, notice indemnity, unused vacation, and severance payments to workers that were employed at the time of the sudden shutdown of their factory in July 2016. We are committed to finding a swift solution for all of those impacted."