Cambodian female workers in Nike, Asics and Puma factories suffer mass faintings

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Sportswear brands review spate of incidents in factories where employees on short-term contracts work 10-hour days in soaring temperatures

Garment workers on the outskirts of Pnomh Penh prepare for the working day.
Garment workers on the outskirts of Pnomh Penh prepare for the working day. Photograph: Jarl Therkelsen Kaldan/Danwatch

Women working in Cambodian factories supplying some of the world’s best-known sportswear brands are suffering from repeated mass faintings linked to conditions.

Over the past year more than 500 workers in four factories supplying to Nike, Puma, Asics and VF Corporation were hospitalised. The most serious episode, recorded over three days in November, saw 360 workers collapse. The brands confirmed the incidents, part of a pattern of faintings that has dogged the 600,000-strong mostly female garment workforce for years.

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