A female employee of a Cambodian supplier to Puma who was shot Monday by an unidentified gunman is in stable condition, according to a member of a human rights group.
Mouen Tola, head of the Labor Program Unit at the Community Legal Education Centre, said that a bullet had hit the lung of Buot Chinda, 21 years old. Tola, who visited Chinda in the Phnom Penh hospital where she is currently being hospitalized, said that she now “seems stable.”
Two other female employees of Kaoway Sports Ltd, which makes shoes for Puma, were also shot Monday when violence broke out during strikes by garment industry workers in the southeastern Cambodian province of Svay Rieng. Tola said that the other women had sustained milder injuries and were being treated in Svay Rieng.
According to The Phnom Penh Post, no arrest had been made although Cambodia’s interior minister said Tuesday that a suspect had been identified.
Puma has said that it would pay for the medical expenses of the three wounded Kaoway Sports employees.
The German sportswear label also said Wednesday that Kaoway Sports had agreed to provide a monthly transport subsidy of $10 and a daily subsidy of $0.50 before Monday’s shootings.
“I don’t think [Kaoway’s actions] are enough but it’s better than nothing,” said Tola in a phone interview. “According to the People’s Tribunal [an activist-led panel which issued recommendations in early February], the living wage should be $281 a month.” Cambodia’s current minimum wage is $66.
He added that workers were also asking for an increase in their regular attendance bonus to $10 from the current $7.
Kaoway Sports shut down its factory Monday but will resume work Friday.