News: Malaysia’s Top Glove charged with providing uncertified worker accommodation: state news agency.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian glove maker Top Glove Corp Bhd has been accused of failing to provide workers’ accommodation that meets the minimum standards of housing and equipment set by the country’s Ministry of Labor, state-run Bernama news agency reported.
Top Glove, the world’s largest manufacturer of medical gloves, has been indicted by the Ipoh City Court of Justice for failing to meet these requirements ten times, the news agency said. According to the charges, 10 of Top Glove’s overseas workers’ shelters in Perak state were not certified by the Department of Labor, he added.
The company pleaded guilty to all charges and the trial will resume on April 28, Bernama reported.
Top Glove could be fined up to 50,000 ringgit per load.
Top Glove was not immediately available for comment.
The Department of Labor, which is part of the Department of Human Resources, conducted investigations into workers’ accommodation and dormitories in several Top Glove units in November last year following a COVID-19 outbreak at a Top Glove factory in an industrial area near the capital, Kuala Lumpur initiated.
The outbreak became the largest cluster in Malaysia, with more than 5,000 workers testing positive for the coronavirus.
The Labor Department had recommended that charges should be brought after opening 19 tubes.
Independent consultant Impactt said last week that it had “found no signs of systemic forced labor” on Top Glove and that the manufacturer had made progress on some indicators, including living conditions.
Reporting by Liz Lee; Adaptation by Ana Nicolaci da Costa
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