Puma Officials Visit Cambodia After Shooting

Following the Monday shooting of a female employee at a subsidiary’s factory, Puma officials visited Cambodia and will be covering the hospital costs for her recovery, the company said.

The unidentified woman was reportedly shot by a drive-by gunman on Feb. 20, along with two other women, as they participated in a protest of labor conditions at Puma footwear supplier Kaoway Sports.

A Puma spokeswoman said Reiner Hengstmann, director of Puma’s social and environmental compliance and responsibility division Puma.Safe, and Charmaine Nuguid-Anden, a team leader for Puma.Safe, visited the employee, along with representatives from Cambodian nonprofit Community Legal Education Center.

The employee is hospitalized in Phnom Penh, according to the company, and Puma will cover the cost of her treatment until recovery.

Disputes between factory owners and employees have been ongoing in the country, with workers advocating for higher pay and safer working conditions.

Puma said Kaoway had agreed last week — after pressure from workers but before the disturbance on Monday — to pay workers an additional $10 a month as a transportation subsidy, in addition to a daily 50 cent subsidy. Both will be effective March 1.

Production at Kaoway will resume on Friday. Puma said it is hosting meetings with non-governmental organizations and trade unions in Cambodia to discuss working conditions and factory standards.

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