Reports have emerged that a leading Argentina-based retailer Zara is being cited for inhumane working conditions.
This is the second time the company has come under fire for treatment of its employees. A report indicated that Zara has been using factories previously closed by the Argentina government because of severe hygiene and safety concerns. Apart from the safety and health concerns there is also the problem of undocumented immigrants who are also employed to the factories.
Argentina’s Head of Government Control Agency, Juan Gomez, told reporters “Men and children who lived in the place where they worked… they were not registered and they were living in terrible conditions.” Gomez continues, “They had no official documents and were held against their will, they were not allowed to leave their workplaces without permission.”
Back in August 2011, after the company paid out $530,000 in fines for “slave-like” working conditions in their Brazil factories, it promised to compensate the workers and also start with a clean slate. Interestingly Zara’s owner, Amancio Oretega just recently topped Forbes list of most the successful billionaires.
So tell us what you think, would you knowingly continue to shop at retailers who have been accused of unfair labor practices?