Employees accuse that they work 75 hours a week: what is the well-known “fast fashion” brand that has received multiple complaints

Employees accuse that they work 75 hours a week: what is the well-known “fast fashion” brand that has received multiple complaints
Employees accuse that they work 75 hours a week: what is the well-known “fast fashion” brand that has received multiple complaints

An investigation by the Swiss-based NGO, Public Eye, revealed that the workers of Shein They claim to work 75 hours a week in some suppliers’ factories.

The work is a follow-up to a report they had previously prepared, in 2021, in which deplorable working conditions for employees were reported.

The company China in question is known for being one of the leaders in the field of “fashion “quick” (either fast fashion), a term that—broadly speaking—refers to clothing items that are made with a high level of speed, in order to capture the trends of the moment.

Generally, The companies that offer these products tend to have a wide catalog and lower prices. than those from other stores.

Shein depends on multiple factories and third-party supplierswhile it has experienced an accelerated rise since it was founded in 2008, which was even more enhanced during the pandemic.

Employees accuse that they work 75 hours a week: which is the well-known “fast fashion” brand that has received multiple complaints. Photo: fast fashion.

What workers and brand representatives said

A group of 13 employees from six Chinese factories that produce for Shein told Public Eye that They work about 75 hours a week on average and operate between 6 and 7 days a week.

“I work every day from 8:00 in the morning to 10:30 at night and I take one day off a month. “I can’t afford more, because they cost too much,” one who has been working with sewing machines for two decades told the NGO.

The interviews were carried out at the end of 2023 and The age range of those consulted was between 23 and 60 years old..

As they stated, They work an average of 12 hours a day, not counting eating spaces.

Such statements contradict Shein’s Code of Conduct for its suppliers.which states that they should not operate more than 60 hours per week (including overtime).

After the presentation of the recent report, From the firm they explained that the extension of the working day is “a common challenge that brands, manufacturers and other actors in the ecosystem must work together.”

In this sense, according to the BBC, They emphasized that it is not a problem that occurs only with their suppliers and that the company is “committed to do our part to improve the situation in our own supply chain.”

Along with the aforementioned, the workers consulted by Public Eye They said their salaries have not improved and range from 6,000 to 10,000 yuan per month..

These amounts translate into about $829 and $1,381 dollars per monthrespectively.

However, the NGO stated that The basic salary of employees, excluding overtime, is 2,400 yuan (about $330).

To get an idea, A living wage in China should be 6,512 yuan (about $899 dollars)according to Asia Floor Wage Alliance.

In addition to the previous points, the interviewees They assured that they themselves must worry about fixing their mistakes and that they are not compensated for it..

These are just some of the complaints which were mentioned in the Public Eye report.

Faced with this situation, Shein told the BBC that are investing in “strengthening governance and compliance” across all of their supplier factories.

Including ensuring that hours worked are voluntary and that workers receive fair compensation for what they do, and we also recognize the importance of industry collaboration to ensure continuous improvement and progress in this area.”

Furthermore, they highlighted that An investigation they did with an external company concluded that “workers at Shein suppliers in China receive significantly higher basic salaries to the average local minimum wage.”

And also, they assured Public Eye that When violations of their policies are detected by their suppliers, they take “firm measures,” such as terminating the business relationship.

 
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