Oct 31 2017

Fired Turkish factory workers sew protest labels to clothes

Fired Turkish clothing factory workers who say they had neither received compensation nor their final three months’ pay have taken to going into shops and adding protest labels to the clothes they made.

Workers at Bravo and BRV textiles – companies who make clothes for high street brands including Zara, Next and Mango – say most of them were not paid between May 2016 and when they were laid off in July 2016.

In protest, they have begun going into Zara shops in Istanbul and adding labels to clothes there explaining their plight to consumers directly.

“I made the product you are about to buy,” the labels say in Turkish, “but I haven’t got my money!”

They ask consumers to tell Zara to ensure their factory workers get paid and to sign an online petition to Bravo and BRV.