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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, May 21) - Five Saipan garment
factories may be shut down for violating federal labor and safety standards,
Gov. Juan N. Babauta said.

"We cannot afford another controversy involving this
industry — we have to address this problem locally," the governor said.

On Monday, Babauta said Saipan Garment Manufacturers Association
President James Lin informed him that the five garment factories were not
complying with the standards agreed upon by the federal Occupational Safety and
Health Administration and SGMA.

The governor said Lin promised not to tolerate these violations.

"I have to commend Mr. Lin’s leadership — he is doing
an excellent job policing themselves," Babauta said.

He declined to identify the five garment factories pending
actions that will be initiated against them.

According to Babauta, Lin will initiate "actions"
against the factories, which may be expelled from the association.

May 21, 2003

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