Garments at the fashion retailer Zara in Turkey come with tags put on them by workers complaining they have not been paid for the merchandise in the store. The tags are a way of drawing shoppers’ attention. The tags are a way of putting pressure on Zara into making the payments.
The workers were employed by a manufacturer, which closed down overnight. The manufacturer owes them three months of pay and severance allowance. It can be difficult for brands to know exactly what their suppliers are doing. Factories may subcontract work without a brand’s knowledge to meet tight deadlines and Turkey’s proximity to Europe makes it convenient for fulfilling last-minute orders.
The fast-fashion formula of speed and low prices has created billionaires in the industry. Homegrown brand Zara leads the fashion industry in Spain. Zara is the flagship brand of the Inditex Group.
Inditex, which has a market capitalization of $113 billion, is one of the world's largest fashion retailers. It owns 7,405 stores and employs 1,62,450 people. The company has helped to reshape the fashion industry with its ability to quickly produce and turnaround cheaper fashion items.
Some of the world’s biggest brands source garments from Turkey. Among them are Primark, Inditex and H&M.