Distressing messages found on Zara clothes tags in Istanbul

HOPPERS at Zara have been stunned by deeply disturbing messages found attached to some of the store’s garments.

SHOPPERS at the fashion retailer Zara in Istanbul have found unusual tags on their garments containing distressing messages planted by exploited workers.

The unusual tags were attached to garments by Turkish workers, complaining they had not been paid for the merchandise in the store.

Workers at an outsource manufacturer for Zara and other retailers have been going into Zara shops and leaving tags inside clothes saying: “I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it.”

The distressing tags were put there by Turkish workers complaining they have not been paid for the manufacturing the merchandise in the store. Picture: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo

The distressing tags were put there by Turkish workers complaining they have not been paid for the manufacturing the merchandise in the store. Picture: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP PhotoSource:AP

The tag calls on the shopper to pressure Zara into paying them and support their campaign.

The tags say the workers were employed by the manufacturer Bravo, which closed down overnight. The campaign says that the manufacturer owes them three months of pay and severance allowance.

Inditex, which owns Zara, did not immediately respond to questions from the AP.

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