ZARA has been accused of producing clothes in “degrading” Argentinian sweatshop conditions, following a new investigation. The mainly Bolivian employees said that they were made to work more than 13 hours a day and could not leave the factory without permission.
Garments being sewn at one workshop in Buenos Aires that was raided by Argentinian authorities after a tip-off from pressure group La Alameda, were said to include items from the Zara Man fashion line sold in British stores, according to a report in British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.
“We found men and children who lived in places where they worked,” said Juan Gomez Centurion, head of the country’s health and safety watchdog. “They were not registered and they were living in terrible conditions. They had no official documents and were held against their will, they were not allowed to leave their workplaces without permission.”
Zara has thus far denied the allegations, releasing the following statement this morning: “We are surprised by the allegations being made by La Alameda. Based on the limited information we have received so far, the workshops in question do not appear to have any relationship with our approved suppliers in Argentina.”
What do you think? Do you shop at Zara? Would you continue to shop at Zara after these allegations?