Mass Faintings at Sneaker Factories in Cambodia Blamed on Glue

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 06:57 AM

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A wave of mass faintings swept through factories in Cambodia this week, including at facilities operated by shoemakers like Adidas and Puma SE. Some blame potent glue used for sneakers.

A total of 118 employees passed out at work on Thursday at the Shen Zhou and Daqian Textile factories in Phnom Penh, police told Reuters, in what's considered another blow for an industry fraught with disputes but critical to Cambodia's fledgling economy.

Puma and Adidas said they were investigating the faintings at the two factories and would respond soon.

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Garment manufacturing earns Cambodia more than $5 billion a year in revenue and employs some 600,000 people, many of them breadwinners for impoverished families in the countryside.

"We don't know why but one worker was sick and others just saw them and began to collapse," district police chief Khem Saran told Reuters.

He said 53 employees had fallen sick at another factory because of the strong smell of paint. Labour rights NGO Community Legal Education Center said more than 200 workers had fainted this week.

Mass faintings are all too familiar in Cambodia, which has become an important manufacturing center for many high street fashion brands.

Garment makers have often complained of poor ventilation, strong chemicals and use of potent glue for footwear, although official investigations in recent years have been largely inconclusive.

There were more than 1,000 faintings reported in 2011 alone in factories that are mostly owned by Chinese, Taiwanese and South Koreans. Most workers earn less than $100 per month and many volunteer for overtime to boost their income.

"It was hot and I began to vomit, I had diarrhea and others had the same problems," said Nguon Sarith, 30, who was hooked up to an intravenous drip at a hospital in the capital.

She said she didn't know the cause.

The problems do not stop at faintings. The industry has been plagued by unrest in recent months, with long-running disputes over pay mushrooming into nationwide strikes and anti-government protests that have been violently suppressed by security forces.

Some 18 unions plan to hold a week-long strike on April 17 to demand a minimum wage rise to $160 monthly from $100. The last strike was put down hard by authorities, who on January 3 used live ammunition to disperse crowds, killing five workers.

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