Riot at JCY Intl. factory highlights conditions of foreign workers in Malaysia; includes company comments

On 26 August 2014, a riot involving thousands of workers – mostly Nepali migrants – broke out at the Johor factory of electronics company JCY International. This was allegedly triggered by reports that the family of a worker who had died did not receive adequate compensation. A number of groups claim that the riots are directly linked to the grievances of migrant workers, including poor living and working conditions, and limited access to medical facilities. Further details, including statements from JCY International, are available below.

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2 September 2014

Malaysia: Rights group SUARAM calls on govt. to investigate alleged exploitation of Nepali workers by JCY Intl.

Author: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

“Protect migrant workers’ rights and stop the exploitation”, 28 August 2014

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) calls on the police and the Ministry of Human Resources to immediately investigate the allegations of inhumane treatment and exploitation of Nepali workers by JCY International Bhd in Kulai following the recent incident of its factory being set on fire. JCY International Bhd must be held accountable if such allegations of ill-treatment and violations of human rights from the Nepali workers are true. While SUARAM does not condone violence, the authorities must address the root-causes of the incident to avoid it from happening again. The basic human rights and labour rights of migrant workers must be protected so that they can work safely and live a dignified life while working in Malaysia…

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2 September 2014

Malaysia: Riot at JCY Intl. linked to poor living & working conditions of migrant workers; company denies allegations

Author: Celine Fernandez, Wall Street Journal

“Malaysia Factory Riots Provide Look at Migrant Workers' Grievances”, 28 August 2014

Rioting at hard-disk-drive plants in Malaysia this week involving mostly Nepalese migrant workers provided a rare glimpse at the grievances among workers who say they face cramped living conditions and unfair working conditions, including limited access to medical facilities…JCY International said its hard-disk-drive operation provides accommodation for foreign workers…Mohana Das Krishnan…of the Johor branch of the Malaysian Trades Union Congress, said the workers told him the latest disturbances came after a worker's family was perceived to have been given inadequate compensation after the man died from an illness…JCY said all migrant workers employed at its plants are covered by mandatory workmen's compensation insurance…Mr. Mohan said rioting at the other plant began in part after a manager allegedly provided workers with a stone to use as a ball when they wanted to play a game of volleyball…

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27 August 2014

Malaysia: 42 arrested in riot of up to 1000 workers in JCY Intl. factory; workers accuse company of negligence after death of an employee

Author: Trinna Leong, Reuters

“Malaysia police arrest 42 foreigners after riot at export factory”, 27 August 2014

Malaysian police have arrested 42 men after a riot by up to 1,000 mostly Nepalese workers sparked fires and destroyed parts of an electronics export factory, highlighting accusations of poor conditions for many of the estimated four million foreign workers in the Southeast Asian country. The riot broke out in the southern industrial hub of Johor state…at a factory run by JCY International, a Malaysian firm that makes parts for electronic giants including Samsung, Hitachi and Western Digital. Workers had accused the firm of negligence after an employee at a nearby JCY factory died…after complaining of chest pains, according to local news reports…JCY, which specialises in manufacturing parts for hard disk drives, issued a statement to the stock exchange saying that the unrest would not impact its business. "The company is currently taking active steps and measures to address the above matter and to reach an amicable settlement with the workers," it said…

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27 August 2014

Malaysia: JCY Intl. assessing impacts of worker unrest, says it is “taking active steps” to reach settlement with workers

Author: Star (Malaysia)

“JCY assessing impact of worker unrest, fire at Johor plant”, 27 August 2014

Hard disk drive manufacturer JCY International Bhd is assessing the impact of the worker unrest and fire at one of its factories in Kulaijaya, Johor. It said…the incident at its unit JCY HDD Technology Sdn Bhd...had caused a temporary shutdown of the factory's operation at that location. "However, there were no major damages to the factories and properties of the company and its subsidiaries," it said in a statement to Bursa Malaysia…JCY said the company was "taking active steps and measures" to address the matter and to reach an amicable settlement with the workers.

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