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SBD Global/June 5, 2013/Finance

Nike Supplier Company In Cambodia Says 70% Of Workforce Has Returned

A Nike Cambodian supplier said that "most workers at its factory returned to work" Tuesday after property was damaged during protests Monday, according to BLOOMBERG. Taiwanese-owned Sabrina Garment Manufacturing Company spokesperson Geoff Bilbrough said that 3,500 employees, about 70% of the total workforce, attended work "as usual" on Tuesday. The protests began May 21 when workers demanded higher pay. Nike spokesperson Mary Remuzzi said that "the company does not have anything to add beyond a statement issued last week." That statement said, "It is our understanding that this factory raised its own minimum wage on May 1 and pays above the country’s minimum wage." Nike also said in the statement that "the workers were given additional monthly allowances for housing, transportation and food as well as an attendance bonus" (BLOOMBERG, 6/4).
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