Dec 13, 2013
Factory Collapse Kills Two Workers in Cambodia
Posted on May 17, 2013
Two people are dead after part of the concrete roof of a factory that manufactures Asics shoes in Cambodia collapsed on workers, officials say. Police say at least six people were injured.
Occurring weeks after the collapse of an eight-story garment factory in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people, this tragedy is a grim and infuriating reminder that workers worldwide are routinely forced by negligent and uncaring bosses to toil for little reward in unnecessarily dangerous conditions. There is no indication in the BBC’s report of the collapse that anyone at Wing Star Shoes, the Taiwanese company that owns the factory, would be investigated and held responsible.
More than half a million Cambodians are employed in the garment industry, which makes clothes for U.S. and European markets as the country’s biggest employer and export earner. The minimum wage currently stands at $61 to $75 per month.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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