Quick accused of human trafficking

Quick accused of human trafficking

The Brussels indictment division has referred hamburger chain Quick to the criminal court for illegal employment, social security violations and human trafficking.

Underpaid

 

According to the court, Quick gets its restaurants cleaned by illegal workers who were exploited. The inquiry started back in 2006 with a first series of checks. Cleaners worked long hours and were severely underpaid. All facts date from a period between 2006 and 2011.

 

Originally, some 25 franchisees were also being sued, but only a few of these were referred to the criminal court as mainly Quick and the cleaning companies' management will have to answer to the court.

 

Reports about the use of Pakistani cleaning companies which exploited their employees date back 13 years ago. Staff was forced to work 7 nights a week for measly wages. At that time, Quick was not blamed, even though the chain promised to do background checks on its cleaning crew.

 

Quick was caught red-handed again in 2007, while abuses were also registered in several restaurants in 2011. That is why it was decided, in 2012, to bring Quick and the restaurateurs to court. It is that criminal investigation which has now brought Quick to the criminal court.

Questions or comments? Please feel free to contact the editors


Lubach: “Fair clothing is a matter of priorities”

15/11/2017

Ever since the Rana Plaza disaster, the clothing industry has clamoured for transparency in the clothing manufacturing branch, but Zondag met Lubach’s Arjen Lubach proved on Sunday that there is no actual transparency yet.

Fashion chain Canada Goose opens first European store

14/11/2017

Canadian fashion chain Canada Goose opened its first European store in London. The brand’s clothing has been in Europe for quite some time, but only at multi-brand stores up until now.

Desigual suffers turnover blow in first three quarters

14/11/2017

Spanish fashion chain Desigual suffered a blow in the first three quarters of 2017, with turnover  down more than 10 %. It mainly struggled in Europe, a region where it generates almost all of its turnover.

Two or three stripes on clothing are Adidas' property

13/11/2017

Swedish store chain H&M can no longer use parallel stripes on its (sports) clothing, because they resemble Adidas’ three stripes too much, according to a The Hague court.

Strong third quarter for Adidas

10/11/2017

Sports clothing manufacturer Adidas experienced a strong third quarter. Its growth was slower than in the previous quarter, but its operational profit exceeded analysts’ expectations.

Yoox Net-a-Porter grows but still failed to live up to expectations

09/11/2017

Online retailer Yoox Net-a-Porter’s third quarter like-for-like turnover grew 17.7 % to 481.8 million euro, which is not entirely what analysts had expected. Its growth slowed down in the United States and China in particular.

Back to top