‘I wish I could see my son more. But the £6 ticket is too much’

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THE sprawl­ing NAZ fac­tory in Mirza­pur, which makes boys’ polo shirts that Aldi sells for £1.95 for two, is set in a for­est at the bot­tom of a muddy track be­hind large gates.

De­spite le­gal lim­its of 60 work­ing hours a week, the MoS dis­cov­ered work­ers who had toiled for up to 74 hours across seven days.

One of them was 25-year-old Jhuma (not her real name), who earns the min­i­mum le­gal wage of just 25p an hour as a helper and lives with her hus­band in a one-room tin shack.

Her bed is a thread­bare mat on the dirty con­crete floor. Her four-year-old son lives with rel­a­tives and it is a long jour­ney cost­ing more than £6 to visit him. As a re­sult, she can only see him twice a year.

She said: ‘I re­ally have to con­sider when I spend money on it – and I wish I could see him more. It is hard. I try to save for his fu­ture ed­u­ca­tion but there is rarely any­thing to put away.’

An Aldi spokesper­son said last night: ‘Sup­pli­ers are con­trac­tu­ally re­quired to com­ply with na­tional laws and Aldi’s so­cial stan­dards in pro­duc­tion. We will visit this fa­cil­ity again and carry out a full au­dit to in­ves­ti­gate these al­le­ga­tions. The cost we agree with our sup­pli­ers is not in­flu­enced in any way by our re­tail price.’

Mr Shahriar, NAZ’s as­sis­tant head of op­er­a­tions said: ‘Our salaries are in ac­cor­dance with the govern­ment min­i­mum wage and we pay work­ers bet­ter than most fac­to­ries.’

He claimed salaries in­crease by five per cent every year. When we told him we had seen a worker’s wage slip de­tail­ing a 12-hour day in­clud­ing lunch, he said: ‘Our em­ploy­ees only work ten-hour days in­clud­ing over­time.’ He said he would en­quire into the in­di­vid­ual case.

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