Thursday, May 16, 2013

Asian Factory Collapse Of The Day

Today Cambodia gets the nod.
Earlier, a trade union member at the factory had said six people had died in the collapse, which happened at around 7 a.m. (2400 GMT on Wednesday)

The shoe factory, owned by Wing Star Shoes Co Ltd, a Taiwan company, employed around 7,000 people but only around 100 worked in the single-storey warehouse, according to staff.

Work at the plant had stopped and Reuters witnesses saw employees leaving the main factory on Thursday.

A Reuters reporter saw footwear bearing the name "Asics" scattered around the damaged warehouse, where a bulldozer was clearing away rubble.


Asics relies on sports shoes for about two-thirds of its sales, which amounted to 57.33 billion yen ($559.73 million) company-wide in the year to March 31, 2013.

Strikes over pay and poor working conditions are common in Cambodia which, like Bangladesh, is home to numerous factories producing clothing cheaply for Western retailers.
The blood is on your hands, clothing-wearing western person!


mikey said...

Well, if they make trousers I'm in the clear, dammit...

Substance McGravitas said...

I believe The Lovely Daughter has worn the killer shoes. She'll get hers.