Beyonce’s sportswear range Ivy Park is being accused of being made by workers who are earning just 88 cents an hour.

The singer’s collection for TopShop, which was created to ”support and inspire women” has come under fire with claims the seamstresses in Sri Lanka are being paid around $8.60 a day.

According to UK newspaper The Sun on Sunday, campaigner Jakub Sobik of Anti-Slavery International said ”Companies like TopShop have a duty to find out if these thing are happening”

It comes as unnamed seamstress from MAS Holdings, which employs 74,000 workers, with 70 per cent of them women, dismissed claims of empowerment.

She said ‘When they talk about women and empowerment this is just for the foreigners. They want the foreigners to think everything is OK.’

The company is not breaking any laws as their workers are paid above the minimum wage of 13,500 rupees a month but campaigners say it should be closer to 43,000 rupees.

A TopShop spokeswoman has defended their ”ethical trading programme’ saying ”


Ivy Park has a rigorous ethical trading programme.

“We are proud of our sustained efforts in terms of factory inspections and audits, and our teams work very closely with our suppliers and their factories to ensure compliance.”

Beyonce has not commented.

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