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Australia: Ansell says it will never tolerate forced labour as Malaysian supplier faces accusations of abusing workers' rights
Author: Nassim Khadem, ABC News, Published on: 9 December 2018
"Top Glove, Malaysian rubber gloves supplier to Ansell, accused of abusing workers' rights", 8 December 2018
Ansell...cannot give assurances that working conditions at its Malaysian suppliers, including Top Glove, WRP and Kossan, currently meet...standards.
...The latest worker complaints against Top Glove include: high recruitment fees that result in workers clocking excessive overtime to pay off debts; passports being locked up...crowded living conditions and isolation and restriction of movement.
...Ansell said it...will never knowingly tolerate child, forced or involuntary labour of any kind, under any circumstances....
...Top Glove...[said]..."We also need the government of the labour source country to take the necessary action on unscrupulous agents and to implement a [reasonable] recruitment fee...."
...Top Glove admits workers are working overtime "...some workers have willingly worked overtime, in order to earn more...".
...Top Glove said the deductions for meals and accommodation are allowed and not more than 20 per cent of the worker's salary, which is in accordance with the law.
...Top Glove confirms...it does keep passports in a locker, but that this is for "safekeeping", and upon employee consent.
...ABC News has seen images of crowded hostel accommodation...Top Glove said the accommodation includes additional facilities for workers such as a mini market and prayer room, and that it organises regular recreational activities for its workers so they have a work-life balance.
...The worker interviewed said...their movement is restricted.
..."Top Glove is authorised to set up its own auxiliary police, who help look after the safety of our office staff and workers, as well as Top Glove's properties," the company's statement said.