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UK: Primark hit with new accusations on supply chain

Date: 12 Jan 2009

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Low cost retailer Primark has said it is investigating claims that one of its UK suppliers, TNS Knitwear, has been employing illegal immigrants from India, Pakistan and Afghanistan and paying workers well below the legal minimum wage for 12 hour days, seven days a week.

The supplier, which provides tens of thousands of garments to Primark per week, would face fines of up to 10,000 UK pounds for each illegal worker if the breaches were proved. The company denies the allegations.

Primark was previously the target of allegations that its foreign supply chain contained child labour. The company responded by breaking relations with several suppliers - a move which was criticised by some campaigners.

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