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Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Labour Dept confirms raid on electronics factory, probe ongoing


The Labour Department has confirmed that a raid was conducted on an electronics factory, which was the subject of a news report by the UK-based Sunday Mirror on worker exploitation.

However, the Human Resources Ministry said the raid did not take place on June 18 as reported but was instead conducted sometime in May.

"Action will be taken on any offences recorded during (the raid) by the Johor Labour Department in accordance with the law," the Labour Department said in a statement today.

The Sunday Mirror report had accused ATA Industrial (M) Sdn Bhd (ATA) of exploiting migrant workers, among others, forcing them to work overtime beyond legal limit.

ATA is a contractor which makes parts for UK electronics giant Dyson Limited. ATA senior manager Jivanadham Kavita Kaushaliya has denied the allegations made by the Sunday Mirror.

Jivanadham said the firm strictly complied with local labour laws and regulations related to recruitment, minimum wage, overtime hours and no child labour policy.

"The group provides hostel accommodation for all foreign workers which meet international labour standards adopted and audited regularly by our main multinational customers and global retailers," Jivanadham added.

Dyson has issued a statement denying the allegations and has vowed to take legal action against the Sunday Mirror.

Dyson said it regularly audits its contractors and is confident that the allegations and images in the Sunday Mirror report do not relate to its supply chains.

"We hold our suppliers to account and if any breaches of our policies were to be found, we would take swift corrective action.

"We operate an ethical and responsible global supply chain; our approach is anchored in constant improvement, and we take action where we see any evidence of wrongdoing," said a Dyson spokesperson. - Mkini

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