Lots of the garments that are sold all around the world are made in places like Cambodia where labor is cheap. This week mass faintings have occurred at a garment factory in Cambodia where clothing is made for Puma and Adidas. Reports indicate that 118 workers passed out at work on Thursday.
The mass faintings happened at the Shen Zhou and Daqian Textile factories in Phnom Penh according to police reports News Week. Both Puma and Adidas say that they are investigating the cause of the fainting.
Garment making is huge business in Cambodia adding over $5 billion a year in revenue for the country and employing 600,000 people.
"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.
The police did note that 53 workers at one factory had become ill due to the strong smell of paint. Over 200 workers have fainted at work in the area this week.
"It was hot and I began to vomit, I had diarrhea and others had the same problems," said Nguon Sarith, 30.
Workers at the factory only earn about $100 per month. A weeklong strike is planned by 18 unions to happen on April 17 to demand a raise in the minimum wage to $160 monthly. On January 3, a similar strike resulted in weapons being fired at crowds, killing five workers. Investigations are continuing.
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