Demand Missguided pay workers first
The online fast fashion brand Missguided currently owes millions of pounds in unpaid bills to suppliers around the world. This is impacting on workers, many of whom are owed thousands of pounds in wages and payments. Missguided must put its workers first and make sure its debts are paid to those who can’t afford to take on the cost of its business difficulties.
What is happening at Missguided?
After experiencing rapid growth during the pandemic when online shopping hit an all-time high, Missguided has reportedly entered a period of financial difficulty. The brand is failing to pay its suppliers, which is having a devastating impact on workers.
Many suppliers making Missguided clothes report that Missguided has demanded extensive discounting of up to 30% on existing orders, leaving suppliers to foot the bill. Overseas suppliers report not having been paid at all for months – some since January – without any notification. Payments to UK suppliers halted in May. Some suppliers report that Misguided has been placing new orders, despite knowing that they won’t, or can’t pay.
In December 2021, Alteri Investors stepped in to restructure the business, and then payments started to falter. Now staff are quitting the head office. No word has come from Missguided about how they will fix this problem. This is having a big impact on workers, hundreds of whom have not received their wages and many whom have been laid off with no notice.
“We believe that all workers in our supply chain should be treated with fairness, dignity, and respect…”
Whatever comes next for Missguided they must make sure that workers who have already made their clothes are at the top of the list of those who need to be paid. Join us in calling on Alteri Investments, and the chair of Missguided, Ian Gray, to treat suppliers and workers with the fairness and respect they deserve.