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More than 100 workers fainted in Cambodia factories producing Puma & Adidas attire

Published on Apr 3, 2014 7:24 PM
 
Garment workers recover at a hospital after fainting at a factory in Phnom Penh on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Scores of garment workers have fallen sick at factories in Cambodia including two that produce clothing for sportswear giants Puma SE and Adidas, police and workers said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PHNOM PENH (REUTERS) - Scores of garment workers have fallen sick at factories in Cambodia including two that produce clothing for sportswear giants Puma SE and Adidas, police and workers said on Thursday.

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

"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 Centre said more than 200 workers had fainted this week.

 
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