Tuesday 26 September 2017

Zara owner investigated over slave labour in Brazil

Inditex is the parent company of the retail chain Zara. Photo: Getty Images
Inditex is the parent company of the retail chain Zara. Photo: Getty Images

Independent.ie reporters

The Spanish clothing giant behind the Zara brand is being investigated over the use of slave labour in Brazil.

Inditex, the parent company of the retail chain, confirmed the compensation after authorities found a team of 14 Bolivians and one Peruvian working from an unlicensed factory.



The 15 workers, one of whom was reported to be just 14 years old, were understood to be living in dangers conditions on the factory floor.



They were being forced to work 12-hour shifts, in some cases for less than half the Brazilian minimum wage.



In a statement, Inditex claimed the workers were "employed illegally by a subcontractor without Inditex's knowledge.”



However, it said while it could not be held responsible for unauthorised outsourcing, it has "zero tolerance for infringements of this kind."



The Brazilian government has listed over 50 charges against the company after an investigation launched in May.



Inditex, which also owns the Berksha chain, is a family business founded in 1975 by Amancio Ortega.



The 75-year old is the richest man in Spain.

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