Some 1,686 workers faint in Cambodia in 2012: official reportSouce:Xinhua Publish By Thomas Whittle Updated 03/01/2013 1:27 am in World / no comments
PHNOM PENH, Jan. 2 — Approximately 1,686 workers in garment and shoe factories got fainted last year due mainly to overwork, poor health, exposure to chemical substances, and hysteria, a Cambodian labor official said Wednesday.
Pok Vanthath, vice-chief of the Labor Ministry’s vocational training department, said the mass fainting incidents had occurred in more than 20 factories in 2012 and 1,686 workers got fainted.
He unveiled the figures after Free Trade Union of Workers, the kingdom’s largest trade union, issued an annual statement on Wednesday, reporting that 2,107 workers in 29 factories got fainted in 2012.
The causes of the mass fainting included more hours of over- time working, chemical substances in cloths, smell of insecticides, heat, bad working environment, workers’ malnutrition, and panic.
The statement also said that in 2012, about 84,320 workers in 101 factories had staged protests to demand pay rise and better working conditions.
Garment industry represented about 90 percent of Cambodia’s total exports. The sector comprises more than 300 factories, employing some 335,400 workers — 91 percent of them are female.
During the first 10 months of 2012, the country exported garment and textile products in equivalent to 3.82 billion U.S. dollars, up 7.6 percent from 3.55 billion U.S. dollars in a year earlier, according to a report of the Commerce Ministry.