(02-July-2015 / RFA)
The president of one of Cambodia’s largest labor unions representing the apparel sector expressed concern on Thursday about the growing number of garment factory workers fainting from overwork and harsh factory conditions during the past few days.
Ath Thon, president of the Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union, an independent union affiliated with the Cambodian Labor Confederation (CLC), said at least 100 workers had fainted over the past four days due to lack of adequate food, physical exhaustion and exposure to chemical odors.
“The workers fainted due to their deteriorating health and work environment,” Ath Thon said. “But the most important reason is their low salary.”