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GUANGZHOU – An undercover exposé found that suppliers of Chinese ultra-fast fashion brand Shein have been seriously flouting labour laws, both in China and its logistics hub in Belgium. Chinese researchers working for Swiss advocacy group Public Eye went undercover at Shein suppliers in Guangzhou and found employees work for 11-12 hours a day with only one day off per month. This 75-hour week is violating Shein’s Supplier Code of Conduct and Chinese labour law, on numerous counts.

Public Eye also spoke to Shein employees in Europe who complained of “Chinese standards” at the logistics centre in Liège in Belgium, where European returns were processed until recently. There, the most frequent cause of dismissal was failure to meet unrealistic performance targets.

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