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Zara runs into sweatshop trouble

High street fashion label Zara, owned by Spain’s richest man, Amancio Ortega, is the latest to be accused of running a sweatshop in Brazil, leaving the brand’s Indian loyalists horrified.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 21, 2011 01:04 IST
Shara Ashraf

High street fashion label Zara, owned by Spain’s richest man, Amancio Ortega, is the latest to be accused of running a sweatshop in Brazil, leaving the brand’s Indian loyalists horrified. The Brazilian government rescued 15 workers from a factory used by AHA, the company that handles Zara’s Brazil production. One of the workers was just 14. Investigation revealed that employees worked in
12-hour shifts in dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

“I’ve always been fond of Zara. It’s sad to learn this. I’m going to give up on it,” says designer Nishka Lulla. Another designer who’s often spotted in Zara outfits, Nida Mahmood, says, “It’s the foremost duty of any fashion house to safeguard workers’ rights. Severe action must be taken against the company.” Model Joey Matthews agrees: “We don’t need a brand like that in India — one that inflicts cruelty on labourers.” Zara India remained unavailable for comment.

In the past, top labels such as Gap and Nike have also run into similar controversies.