Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Ninety garment workers faint in 48 hours

Ninety garment workers faint in 48 hours

Ninety garment workers faint in 48 hours

About 90 garment workers fainted at the SL Garment factory in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district on Friday and Saturday, union officials said.

Government officials and unions were investigating the cause of the faintings, Um Visal, a Coalition of Cambodian Apparel Workers’ Democratic Union labour dispute resolution officer, said yesterday.

“I just went down to the factory [Saturday] when the workers fainted,” he said.

“It smelled bad even when I was... outside. It was very difficult to breathe and gave me a headache. The bad smell comes from a water-propelled fan.”

Soung Sophorn, SL Garment administrative officer, said workers had contributed to their own fainting.

“The doctors told me they fainted because their health is not good – they did not have breakfast,” Sophorn said.

“If the factory caused the fainting, more than 6,000 workers would have fainted.”

She added, however, that workers could go home today if sick.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mom Kunthear at [email protected]

MOST VIEWED

  • Negotiations on EBA being held

    In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free. The EU notified Cambodia on October 5

  • Ministers to tackle sea pollutants

    Preah Sihanouk provincial authorities and members of local communities have collected 77 tonnes of water hyacinth at a Sihanoukville beach, Preah Sihanouk Provincial Hall spokesperson Or Saroeun said. He told The Post yesterday that the aquatic weeds had been floating along some of the province’s

  • Chinese police escort deported scam suspects

    Ninety-one Chinese nationals accused of extorting money from victims in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) scam were deported from Phnom Penh International Airport on Monday under the escort of 182 Chinese police personnel. General Department of Immigration head of investigations Ouk Hay Seila told reporters

  • Sam Rainsy, government group set to clash at IPU Geneva meet?

    Opposition figure Sam Rainsy has been invited to speak at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Geneva, according to a former Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) lawmaker. A government delegation is also set to attend the meeting, a National Assembly press release