UK apparel brand Boohoo has been accused of keeping several of its factories across London open even during the lockdown phase – and most of them to sustain online orders for fashion label Boohoo. Labour Behind The Label, a garment worker’s rights group, has accused Boohoo factories of putting the lives of several garment workers at risk. The group claimed that these factories asked employees to come to work even when some of them were sick.
Also, workers alleged the factories flouted social distancing rules besides failing to provide basic needs like masks and sanitizers to the workers. Those who are wishing to isolate themselves are also being denied wages. Add to it, there are also complaints of many factories running in old dilapidated buildings – a big question mark on their compliance standards.
However, Boohoo has refuted these allegations saying that it has made available sufficient quantity of PPE, masks and sanitizers and that too at free of cost. It also said that it has always followed Government’s guidelines and ensured the safety of all its workers.