SPAIN: Inditex closes Bangladesh plant after BBC probe
Spanish retail group Inditex has demanded the closure of an unnamed garment manufacturer in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka after revelations of poor working conditions there.
A BBC radio report said even though the plant did not supply Inditex, the retailer demanded its closure because it belonged to a firm that makes clothing for its stores.
The news follows Primark's decision to axe three suppliers in Southern India after a BBC Panorama programme aired this week found sub-contractors using child and home labour.
An Inditex spokesperson confirmed the details of the radio report to just-style.
The broadcast quoted the fast fashion chain's head of corporate social responsibility, Javier Chercoles, who said Inditex enforced the closure and redeployment of employees after reports of staff abuse and wages being withheld.
The BBC World Service's Global Business quoted Chercoles as saying that clothes were not being made for Inditex at the plant, but that they were for other international brands.
When he found out it was a sister factory to an unidentified Zara supplier, Inditex used its power to force the closure, with staff to be redeployed by 25 September.
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