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3 Jan 2022

Liz Lee, Reuters

Dyson supplier ATA to work with human rights commission after being charged with labour law violations

Dyson supplier ATA to work with human rights commission

[…] Dyson's Malaysian supplier ATA IMS Bhd will work with the national human rights institution to improve its environmental, labour and social and governance (ESG) practices, the parts maker said on Monday.

The electronics manufacturing services company said it will work with the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia, known locally as Suhakam, after Dyson, the company's largest customer, cut ties with ATA after an audit of its labour practices and allegations by a whistleblower. read more […]

ATA said on Dec. 7 it had found instances of staff working excessive overtime and had taken action against a manager who coached employees for a labour audit.

ATA said Suhakam had visited its facilities on Sept. 27 to verify allegations of forced labour reported by media outlets, and provided feedback for improvement for the company's consideration.

It did not say what the feedback was but said it has implemented additional grievance channels for workers, terminated an agent that charged workers recruitment fees and improved communication issues at the company clinic treating workers. […]

Malaysia charged ATA last month with four violations of labour law on accommodation for workers as it investigates complaints of forced labour. read more […]