Bargain clothing giant Primark are currently investigating their supply chain connections after a customer found a haunting cry for help stitched to her dress bought from their Swansea branch.
The words “Forced to work exhausting hours” was found sewn into 25 year old Rebecca Gallagher’s £10 dress, leading her to question the high street retailer’s ethics and manufacturers. As leaders of fast fashion, Primark are well known for their bargain prices and trend led clothing, which they came under scrutiny for after they were found connected to factory Rana Plaza, which collapsed last year as a result of neglect and exploitation. The disaster resulted in over 1000 sweat shop garment workers losing their lives.
“You hear all sorts of stories about people working in sweatshops abroad – it made me so guilty that I can never wear that dress again”
Rebecca told the South Wales Evening Post. She claims she attempted to call Primark directly, but was put on hold for 15 minutes before being cut off. Obviously moved by the unexpected message, Miss Gallagher exclaimed;
A spokesperson for Primark stated:
“We would be grateful if the customer would give us the dress, so we can investigate how the additional label became attached and whether there are issues which need to be looked into.
“Primark’s Code of Conduct sets out the core principles that suppliers and factories must follow to ensure products are made in good working conditions, and that the people making them are treated decently and paid a fair wage.”
This isn’t the first time Primark have been accused of exploitation, but could this be the much needed push that consumers need to find out the real cost of cheap fashion?