Chinese factory denies using forced labour for Tesco cards

Chinese factory denies using forced labour for Tesco cards
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23.12.2019
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A factory in China has denied it used forced labour after a six-year-old girl found a message from workers inside a Tesco charity Christmas card.

The card supplier, Zhejiang Yunguang Printing, told China’s Global Times it had “never done such a thing”.

Tesco halted production at the factory over the message, allegedly written by prisoners claiming they were “forced to work against our will”.

The Chinese foreign ministry said the allegation was “a farce”.

Speaking to the nationalist newspaper Global Times on Monday, a spokesman for the card supplier said: “We only became aware of this when some foreign media contacted us. We have never done such a thing.

Tesco halts production at Chinese factory over alleged ‘forced’ labour

Tesco has suspended production of charity Christmas cards at a factory in China after a six-year-old girl found a message from workers inside one.

The note, found by Florence Widdicombe, was allegedly written by prisoners in Shanghai claiming they were “forced to work against our will”.

“Please help us and notify human rights organisation,” the message said.

Tesco said it was “shocked” by the report, adding: “We would never allow prison labour in our supply chain.”

A spokesman for Tesco said it had launched an on-site investigation at the factory on Friday “before suspending the site and communicating this decision to factory management over the weekend”.

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