Malaysia: Glovemaker vows to improve working conditions for migrant workers
Date Reported: 6 Dez 2018
UnternehmenAnsell - Buyer , Top Glove - Employer
AndereNot Reported ( Arbeitsagenturen ) - Recruiter
Total individuals affected: Number unknownWanderarbeitnehmer & eingewanderte Arbeitnehmer: ( Number unknown - Bangladesch , Herstellung: Allgemein ) , Wanderarbeitnehmer & eingewanderte Arbeitnehmer: ( Number unknown - Indien , Herstellung: Allgemein ) , Wanderarbeitnehmer & eingewanderte Arbeitnehmer: ( Number unknown - Myanmar , Herstellung: Allgemein ) , Wanderarbeitnehmer & eingewanderte Arbeitnehmer: ( Number unknown - Nepal , Herstellung: Allgemein )
ThemenDebt Bondage , Wage Theft , Einschüchterung & Drohungen , Restricted mobility , Withholding Passports , Precarious/Unsuitable Living Conditions , Dismissal , Personalbeschaffungsgebühren , Mandatory overtime , Contract Substitution , Reasonable Working Hours & Leisure Time , Excessive production targets , Zwangsarbeit & moderne Sklaverei
Response sought: Yes, by Reuters
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Action taken: Top Glove said it was not aware of its labor suppliers charging exorbitant fees to migrant workers but vowed to investigate and severe ties with unethical recruitment agents. “We will want to stop dealing with such suppliers if we know they are very unscrupulous. It’s our duty to do that, we will never condone it,” the company’s managing director Lee Kim Meow told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. In a letter to stakeholders, obtained by ABC News, Top Glove said the allegations were "unfounded". The letter said the company "adopts a zero tolerance policy with regards to the abuse of human rights, at all levels, and we will also not tolerate any attempts to mislead our customers and stakeholders into believing otherwise". Ansell said the company was developing and installing codes and monitoring systems that will apply to all of their suppliers. An NHS Supply Chain spokesperson said: “NHS Supply Chain takes all allegations of labour abuses in its supply chain very seriously, and we have range of contractual arrangements and initiatives in place to try and prevent such situations arising.”
Source type: News outlet
"World's top glovemaker vows clean-up as migrant workers toil in Malaysia factories", 6 December 2018
Malaysian firm Top Glove, the world’s largest glovemaker, vowed... to clean up its labor supply chain and workplace practices after cases were uncovered of migrants toiling for long hours to pay off huge debts.
The firm, a major supplier of medical and rubber gloves to 195 countries including Britain and the United States, employs over 11,000 migrant workers, from countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar and India.
At some of its factories outside the Malaysian capital, workers [said]... they often work long hours to earn overtime pay, and in some cases exceed the limit of overtime hours stipulated under local labor laws.
Workers... said they hoped to quickly repay loans... they took out to pay recruitment agents in their home countries... Top Glove is not alone in hiring migrants who pay agents to secure a job. The practice is common across all Malaysian sectors which hire workers from overseas.
Top Glove said it was not aware of its labor suppliers charging exorbitant fees to migrant workers but vowed to investigate and severe ties with unethical recruitment agents...