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9 Nov 2022

Author:
Leigh Day

Migrant workers issue legal claim against Dyson for alleged forced labour and abusive working conditions

The legal claims all arise from allegations of unlawful, exploitative, and dangerous conditions which the claimants say they were subjected to whilst producing Dyson products and components for Dyson products at the factory facilities in Johor, Malaysia, and whilst they were living in the accommodation provided by the factory management …

The claimants argue that within the Johor factor facilities there was widespread use of unlawful forced labour, false imprisonment, and the systematic exposure of vulnerable and impoverished individuals to extremely hazardous and abusive working conditions, with minimal protection against industrial accidents, injuries and diseases …

The claims have been issued against three defendants. The first and second defendants, Dyson Technology Limited and Dyson Limited, are both UK incorporated and domiciled companies and are based in Wiltshire, England. The third defendant, Dyson Malaysia, is a company incorporated and domiciled in Malaysia …

A letter before action was sent to Dyson in February 2022, the Dyson defendants denied all allegations in their response ...

Andy Hall, an independent migrant worker rights specialist, said about the case: ...

‘‘By assisting some of these workers to bring a legal claim against Dyson in the UK courts, I hope they can hold this global brand-name company, and its buyers, accountable for alleged poor governance and the woeful conditions they have reported in Dyson’s supply chain.

“I also hope this case can contribute globally to ensuring brands and buyers, alongside investors and public procurers, conduct more adequate due diligence to prevent modern slavery conditions arising in their supply chains in the future.”

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