Charles Santiago appointed coordinator for social compliance audit on rubber glove makers

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  • Saturday, 15 Dec 2018

PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Human Resources Ministry has appointed Klang MP Charles Santiago (pic) as the coordinator of an independent auditor to carry out a comprehensive social compliance audit on rubber glove makers in the country.

Minister M. Kula Segaran said Charles, an experienced activist involved in social audit nationwide before being elected as a people's representative, was tasked to prepare reports to the ministry pertaining to the country's rubber glove makers' compliance to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Standards on Migrant Workers.

He said among the aspects to be focused on in the report would be the forced labour as well as issue of foreign workers being forced to work excessive overtime as well as several other criteria pertaining to migrant workers as set by the ILO.

“This report can be used by the government to respond to the allegations made by the British government, parliamentarians in Europe and foreign companies in regard to forced migrant labour,” he said at a press conference after a dialogue session with 60 employers in the rubber glove industry here Saturday (Dec 15)..

On Dec 9, UK’s Guardian newspaper reported that one the world's largest rubber glove makers, Top Glove Corp Berhad, had allegedly exploited thousands of foreign workers including forcing them to work over 160 hours a month, exceeding the legal limit of 104 hours allowed by Malaysian law.

According to the report, among problems faced by foreign workers, apart from excessive overtime, was exposure to “unsafe” factory conditions, confiscated passports, high recruitment fees that kept them in debt bondage and salaries withheld for months.

However, the claims were refuted by Kula Segaran on Tuesday (Dec 11) after inspections carried out by his officers at almost all factories owned by the company here and in Ipoh, Perak, found foreign workers in the company were working overtime voluntarily as they want to earn more to send back to their respective countries. – Bernama

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