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M&S drops Gurgaon 'sweatshop'

After British weekly The Observer's revelation that a Gurgaon-based factory used by retail major Marks & Spencer was abusing its workers, the company has stopped placing orders with the factory.

business Updated: Sep 05, 2010 23:06 IST

After British weekly The Observer's revelation that a Gurgaon-based factory used by retail major Marks & Spencer was abusing its workers, the company has stopped placing orders with the factory.

However, M&S said it had stopped placing order with Viva Global in Gurgaon for commercial reasons. "For commercial reasons only, we have not placed any orders with this factory since May," a M&S spokesman said.

Details of the working conditions in the factory mentioned in The Observer report in August included allegedly paying workers as little as 26 pence an hour and forcing them to work excessive overtimes.

M&S, however, denied that workers suffered intimidation, The Observer reported. M&S said it found examples of excessive overtime earlier in the year, but had tackled the problem.

Its own audits also flagged up other problems, which it described as "high-risk issues in documentation and conditions."

The Observer also reported that British campaign group Labour Behind the Label said that workers campaigned for several to get improved conditions at Viva Global.