Perhaps the biggest fast-fashion store in the world, Spain's Zara, had a problem over the weekend: yet another accusation of ill-treatment of its workers appeared in the press. Customers in Istanbul found messages inside clothing reading "I made this item that you are about to buy, but I was not paid for it," the papers said. The brand pointed out that the workers were employees of a company called Bravo, which closed overnight Employees were reportedly owed up to three months of salary.
A Zara representative issued a response to the press: "Inditex (the owner of the brand) has fulfilled all contractual obligations with Bravo Textil and we are working with a proposal for all local industries—such as Mango and Next—to establish a fund for workers affected by the fraudulent disappearance of the owner of Bravo. This fund should pay for the missing hours, unpaid holidays and payments not made with the unexpected closure of the factory in July 2016. We want to bring a solution to everyone who was impacted " .