Zara Clothes Found To Contain Notes From Unpaid Workers

High street fashion outlet Zara is under fire after shoppers found pieces of its clothing tagged with messages from the Turkish workers who made them.

According to Associated Press, the workers have been going directly into Zara shops to hide the messages which read: "I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it." 

The tags also indicate that the workers had been employed by Istanbul-based manufacturer Bravo, which recently closed overnight. It is reported that Bravo still owes its workers three months' pay as well as a severance allowance. 

This isn't the first time that workers have attempted to reach out to the public in this way. In 2011 and in 2014, Primark was accused of keeping its workers in slave labor conditions, forcing them to work fifteen hours a day making clothes. 

An important warning about the dangers of 'fast fashion', this latest incident reminds us all of our duty to make ethical choices when shopping. 

In 2013, the Rana Plaza, a five-story commercial textiles building in Dacca, Bangladesh, collapsed killing 1,135 factory workers and injuring 2,500 more. 

Since then, initiatives urging consumers to shop more responsibly have emerged, but it seems the problem is far from in hand. In July, a textile factory explosion in Dacca killed another dozen people. 

If you want to learn more, you can check out Machines, a day-in-the-life documentary following the workers in an Indian textile factory.