Shoppers found some deeply disturbing messages on the clothing tags at Zara in Istanbul.
‘I made this item you are going to buy, but I didn’t get paid for it,’ the tags would read.
It is claimed workers from an outsourced manufacturer for Zara and other retailers have been going into shops and leaving the tags inside clothes.
They urge shoppers to back their campaign and pressure Zara into paying them.
The tags say the workers were employed by Bravo, which closed down overnight.
Workers say the manufacturer owes them three months of pay as well as severance allowance.
A change.org petition claiming to be from the Turkish textile workers has received more than 18,000 signatures as they try to highlight their plight.
The petition reads: ‘We are textile workers in Turkey who have been working for years to make profits for brands such as Inditex (Zara), Next, and Mango.
‘We produced their products under close surveillance by the brands and saw the power the brands wield to ensure their working standards are followed by their supplier factories.’
The workers claim their boss refused to pay a ‘huge portion’ of their wages by July, 2016, before creditors came to their factory and seized all the machines and valuables.
Their boss allegedly disappeared, taking their wages with him. They are now urging the international community to support their struggle.
The petition added: ‘We made these brands’ products with our own hands, earning huge profits for them.
‘We demand now that these brands give us the basic respect to compensate us for our labour.
‘We demand no more than our basic rights! We call on the international community to support our struggle, sign and share to support our campaign!’
Next, Mango and Inditex, the company that owns Zara, have all been approached for further comment.