Shein opens pop-up store in Dublin amid controversy over alleged worker exploitation

Chinese fast fashion giant Shein is opening a pop-up store in Jervis mall next month.

he world’s largest fashion retailer will have its store in Dublin from November 4-8, but the news comes amid controversy over allegations of worker abuse.

Shein, which is valued at over 100 billion

The revelations came in a Channel 4 documentary Untold: Inside the Shein Machine which aired Monday night. It showed undercover footage of the company’s factories.

It is claimed that workers at the Shein factory are only allowed to take one day off per month and work up to 18 hours a day for just 3 cents per garment produced.

Mei – the undercover journalist who visited the factories – said there was evidence of “exploitative working conditions”. Workers were also severely punished if they made mistakes in the manufacture of garments, the documentary claimed.

It has been claimed that if a worker made a mistake on an item, up to 75 percent of their daily wages were withheld.

The documentary also claimed that Shein was also involved in “design theft,” “scouring social media for emerging trends and turning them into designs that they commission in small batches to a network of thousands of factories in Guangzhou, China.”

In response to the documentary, Shein said she was “extremely concerned” by Channel 4’s claims.

“We are extremely concerned by Channel 4’s claims that they would breach the code of conduct to which every Shein supplier has agreed.

“Any non-compliance with this code will be dealt with quickly and we will terminate partnerships that do not meet our standards.

“We have requested specific information from Channel 4 so we can investigate.

“Shein’s Responsible Sourcing Standards require our suppliers to adhere to a code of conduct based on International Labor Organization conventions and local laws and regulations, including labor practices and working conditions,” the company said in a statement.

“We work with leading independent agencies such as TÜV, SGS, OpenView and Intertek to conduct unannounced audits of suppliers.” Shein opens pop-up store in Dublin amid controversy over alleged worker exploitation

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