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Beyoncé and Topshop’s Ivy Park accused of using ‘slave labour’

Athleisure range Ivy Park, created by singer Beyoncé and Arcadia, has been accused of using “sweat shop labourers” who earn £4.30 a day.

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According to The Sun on Sunday, the range is made by Sri Lankan seamstresses who earn £4.30 a day, which is more than the legal minimum, but campaigners have described it as a “form of sweat shop slavery”.

A 22 year old seamstress told the newspaper she earned 18,500 rupees (£87.26 a month), which is about half the Sri Lankan average wage, for a nine and three-quarter hour shift, five days a week, plus overtime.

Jakub Sobik, from the charity Anti-Slavery International, told the newspaper: “This is a form of sweat shop slavery. There are a number of elements here that tick the boxes in terms of slavery, the low pay, restriction of women’s movement at night and locking them in. Companies like Topshop have a duty to find out if these things are happening, and it has long been shown that ethical inspections by these companies are failing. They should be replaced by independent inspections.”

A Topshop spokeswoman told The Sun on Sunday: “Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading programme. We expect our suppliers to meet our code of conduct and we support them in achieving these requirements. We are proud of our sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and our teams worldwide work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance. We expect our suppliers to meet our code of conduct and we support them in achieving these requirements.”

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