About 30 suppliers of Bangladesh clothing manufacturers are threatening to halt production and deliveries to billionaire Philip Day’s Edinburgh Woollen Mill groupn which includes more than 1,000 outlets including Peacocks, Austin Reed and Jaeger over alleged £27m in unpaid bills. The Bangladesh Garments and Manufacturing Association trade body which accuses Edinburgh Woollen Mill and its agents of taking “undue advantage of the Covid-19 situation”. They say Day’s retail group and its agents demanded hefty discounts, cancelled orders or withheld payment for goods already shipped or manufactured for the company.
Fiona Gooch from campaign group Traidcraft Exchange said the letter was an “unprecedented response” from manufacturers who were under severe financial pressure because wealthy British retailers were not paying up.
“There are more than tens of thousands of workers in the suppliers to Philip Day’s UK businesses, and these young women and their families are at risk of becoming destitute if their wages are not paid. Philip Day is a billionaire, valued at £1.14bn, who can well afford to pay for what he has ordered,,” Gooch said.