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Primark supplier scandal - video footage appears on BBC

Video footage of the BBC’s undercover investigation into Primark supplier TNS Knitwear has just been aired and five films are now available on its website at

The BBC sent an undercover reporter to work at the Manchester-based TNS Knitwear to investigate claims it employed illegal immigrants and paid its staff below the minimum wage as well as demanding they work 12 hour days.

The BBC report alleges that when its reporter was hired by TNS Knitwear, she was not asked for any paperwork nor was she asked for her name. She was told she would be paid £3.50 an hour - well below the minimum wage.

The BBC said that its reporter had also met other TNS Knitwear employees including one who said his Visa had run out eight years previously and another who admitted he was an Afghan asylum seeker who was working illegally.

The BBC said that some of TNS Knitwear’s workers were legal but alleged that they were also claiming benefits.

TNS Knitwear has disputed the allegations while Primark has launched a full investigation into the claims.

The BBC will air a full special report on Primark and TNS Knitwear during the 10pm news bulletin this evening.

Readers' comments (1)

  • darren hoggett

    The public are rather naive in thinking that sweat shops that pay below minimum wage don't exist in the U.K. They do and probably always will. Customers like the fact they pay next to nothing for items, but seem surprised when the workers get paid so little to make them.

    The public can't have it both ways, so will they vote with their feet? I think not.

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