Beyoncé's Ivy Park label has come under fire following accusations that the collection is produced under "sweat shop conditions".
On our minds is Beyonce’s new line of high-end sportswear, Ivy Park, which is allegedly produced in a Sri Lankan factory where workers earn just $6.19 per day. For the production of the pop star/Topshop joint venture range, Asian manufacturing giant MAS Holdings was appointed, which claim they pay more than the legal Sri Lankan minimum wage of $92 per month to their workers. Campaigners however mean that the monthly living wage in the country is more like $290, and that the low pay in combination with restrictions implied on the workers (mostly made up of young women from rural villages) is a form of slavery. The MAS workers seem similarly unimpressed with Ivy Park’s vision to “empower women through sport”, with one machinist telling The Sun that the female empowerment talk is just for foreigners – “to make them think that everything is okay”, and that the $125.60 monthly salary (gained from a 60 hour work week) is not enough to survive. Read more here.
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