Zara can get hefty fine for modern slavery in Brazil
By Frans van Hees | www.AboutBrasil.com | Week 20, May 2015
Rio de Janeiro — The
Spanish clothing company Zarais guilty of serious
violations of labour rights. This is said by
Somo, an independent not-for-profit research and network institute and research organization Repórter Brasil. They base their accusations on a report by the Brazilian labour inspectorate.
Brazilian labour inspectorateinvestigated nine months in the production process of Zara Brazil.
The labour inspection determined several violations of the rights of the workers.
They had to work too many hours a day, they received little or no break and Zara employed under aged workers for instance.
Also the irresponsible use of chemicals and unpaid wages were condemned.
According to Zara "the report is full of inconsistencies," explains
parent company Inditex. The inspection is currently assessing whether Zara will be fined.
That would not be the first time. In 2011, the popular clothing chain had been fined because of modern slavery in clothing workshops.
After the fashion company was accused of slavery in Brazil, Zara promised to do better and to accomplish better and more frequent monitoring of their suppliers.
Somo and Reporter Brasil prove however the contrary.
... Zara sweatshop