Once again Boohoo, UK’s leading fashion retailer, is in news and again due to negative reasons.
The Guardian has claimed that Boohoo has been selling clothes made by Pakistani factory workers who have complained of facing appalling conditions and earning as little as 29p an hour.
A detailed report claims that workers at two factories – in the industrial city of Faisalabad – have claimed that they were paid 10,000PKR (the Pakistani rupee), equal to average £47 a month. This amount is much below the legal monthly minimum wage (for unskilled labour) of 17,500PKR.
Apart from the issue of not paying even the minimum wage, the report also highlights that the supplier of Boohoo is compromising on potential safety issues that include motorbikes being parked indoors next to flammable materials.
Besides, it is being said that sometimes workers are also asked to do 24-hour shifts to speed up the production.
Reacting on this report, Boohoo has suspended a supplier, JD Fashion Ltd., and a factory, AH Fashion, from its supply chain.
The company said that it will not tolerate any instance of mistreatment or underpayment of workers.
It is pertinent to mention here that the brand has been continuously in news for all wrong reasons be it for allegedly offering fake discounts to shoppers or getting its name embroiled in the Leicester’s labour rights controversy back in June, amongst others.