Scandal of textile companies: No checks due to racism allegations?

In the scandal of textile establishments in the Central English city of Leicester, the starvation pay, expressed by interior Minister Priti Patel, a suspicion a

Scandal of textile companies: No checks due to racism allegations?

In the scandal of textile establishments in the Central English city of Leicester, the starvation pay, expressed by interior Minister Priti Patel, a suspicion as to why the companies were not better controlled: The authorities had spared controls of "cultural sensitivities", because they are part of racism-allegations of feared investigations in the Farms, "Asians", and many immigrants, particularly Indian or Pakistani wages of seamstresses and workers to Hungry employees. The "Sunday Times" the view of the Minister of the interior again, which comes from an Indian immigrant family.

Philip Plickert

economic correspondent based in London.

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Patel, a comparison to the scandal of the mass moved even liable of sexual abuse of girls and young women by predominantly Pakistani Gangs in Rotherham and other cities, has not been stopped for many years, also because of the social authorities and the police looked away due to racism allegations.

An Undercover investigation the Sunday Times has uncovered a week ago, illegal conditions in the textile industry companies in Leicester and a national debate over "modern slavery" will be initiated. The workers in the operation of Jaswal Fashions, a supplier of the fashion group Boohoo, get according to the report, only 3.50 to 4 pounds of hourly wage paid. The statutory minimum wage is 8,72 pounds. Also, do not edit according to the report, in the factories, the textiles and packaging, the statutory distance rules for protection against Corona-clip-maintained payments. There have been several cases of virus diseases.

"The local authorities have known for years that these Sweatshops exist"

Already in 2015, a study by the University of Leicester on "endemic" minimum wage had reported violations. The end of 2019, the newly-elected Labour MP for the constituency of East Leicester, Claudia Webbe, has denounced in Parliament in March hourly wages by only 3 pounds in several textile factories in the old industrial town in the Midlands. They reported from an anonymous Point of workers receiving even less than 3 pounds in the hour. It's done but nothing. The police officer Raj man who keeps in contact with the Indian Sikh communities, reported by a Clique of textile manufacturers who will push each other cheap workers and raids warned.

"let The local authorities know for years that these sweatshops exist, but they do nothing for fear of being accused that they take the immigrant and refugee communities on the grain", and Raj quote. Now several authorities are investigating a suspected violation of the "Modern Slavery Act".

The fashion group Boohoo has denied that it was involved in exploitative practices. Boohoo, but now in the maelstrom of negative headlines. The share price is established in 2006 and rapidly grown company for cheap dresses has crashed in the past week, temporarily, by more than 30 percent. The stock market value fell by more than a billion pounds. Boohoo announced an independent investigation into the allegations.

Updated Date: 12 July 2020, 11:19

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