Shoppers in Zara’s Istanbul stores have discovered disturbing notes hidden in their garments planted by workers who claim they were never paid for their work.
The Associated Press reported workers at a manufacturer for Zara, Mango and Next have been going into the stores in Istanbul and planting notes that say the following: “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it”.
The workers were employed by a Bravo Tekstil complex in Istanbul, which closed overnight, according to the Associated Press. The employees claim the manufacturer owes them three months of back pay.
In a petition posted to Change.org two months ago, the workers wrote they have been working for years to produce garments for the companies.
“We are textile workers in Turkey who have been working for years to make profits for brands such as Inditex (Zara), Next, and Mango. We produced their products under close surveillance by the brands and saw the power the brands wield to ensure their working standards are followed by their supplier factories,” the letter of petition read.