Mass faintings at Cambodia factories producing shoes for Asics, Nike and Puma

An article in The Guardian (June 24, 2017) titled ‘Cambodian female workers in Nike, Puma and Asics factories suffer mass faintings” lists the 10 hours per day, 6 days per week schedule faced by workers with short term contracts that do not permit overtime refusal. The excessive heat (over 37 degrees centigrade), small fans just to remove dust etc, were all considered causes. But a medical sociologist, Robert Bartholomew, considers these faintings as partly psychological and a form of  ‘subconscious political resistance”.   Such disruptions cause lost productivity and plant closure, thus disrupting supply. Should the branded shoe manufacturers ensure adequate nutrition, ventilation, appropriate contracts etc for their subcontract workers, or is that the supplier’s responsibility ? Should the Cambodian government create local laws to ensure the welfare of its citizens while remaining competitive ? Should such incidents be publicized to ensure that factory owners suffer a cost from poor labor practices, and, if so, who should store and provide this information to potential buyers /

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1 Response to Mass faintings at Cambodia factories producing shoes for Asics, Nike and Puma

  1. Lorenzo Orazi says:

    I think the responsibility sits wit both the Cambodian Government and the shoe manufacturers. The Government should have the welfare of its citizens to be the focus while they encourage the labor arbitrage to create job opportunities across sectors. Companies such as Nike and Puma should also take the working conditions of the labor they use seriously and implement changes as a part of their social responsibility.

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