KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 18): Prime Glove Corp Bhd stated it has resolved points highlighted by the US Division of Labour (DOL) in a report that listed rubber gloves amongst merchandise manufactured by means of baby or compelled labour.
In a press release, the world’s greatest glovemaker reiterated steps it had taken to enhance work situations, which it has submitted to the US Customs and Border Safety to safe an “expeditious decision and revocation” of the ban on exporting its merchandise to the nation.
The measures embody the implementation of a zero-cost recruitment coverage since January 2019, whereby the corporate bore all recruitment charges for its international employees.
“Prime Glove has blacklisted unethical recruitment brokers and continues to take action by means of a sturdy due diligence process, and all enterprise dealings with such recruitment brokers will probably be terminated with fast impact. Prime Glove too continues to teach its employees to not pay recruitment charges to 3rd events,” it stated.
It additionally stated it has began to make remediation funds to its international employees over their recruitment charges on a month-to-month foundation, beginning August, and expects to conclude cost in July 2021.
In complete, it should pay RM136 million as per the advice of an impartial marketing consultant.
“Prime Glove has duly submitted the mandatory data to the US CBP and is following up intently with them, with a view to an expeditious decision of the matter and revocation of the WRO [withhold release order].
“Within the meantime, our gloves will probably be routed to different nations throughout the globe to cater to the pressing and overwhelming demand for this extremely important private protecting merchandise,” it stated.
Prime Glove additionally stated it paid its employees a primary wage of RM1,200 month-to-month in a “constant and well timed method” as per Malaysian labour regulation.
“Nonetheless, the final take-home pay of its employees is greater than RM1,600 per 30 days factoring in additional time, which is at all times carried out inside the allowable rest-day matrix,” it stated, including it made an unspecified quantity of ex-gratia cost to its employees to thank them for his or her contribution throughout the pandemic.
The glovemaker additionally stated it doesn’t permit its employees to carry out extreme additional time, as per Malaysian labour legal guidelines that stipulates a most of 104 hours additional time per 30 days and one relaxation day per week.
“Additional time is solely carried out on a voluntary foundation and employees are solely allowed to carry out additional time, in the event that they haven’t exceeded the each day most allowable working hours,” it added.
Prime Glove additionally claimed it is without doubt one of the few manufacturing corporations that has a zero-harm and security well being emergency preparedness programme, in addition to a employees’ well being safety programme.
To recap, the US DOL had launched ‘2020 Listing of Items Produced by Baby Labour or Compelled Labour’ that included rubber gloves produced in Malaysia, citing experiences that stated they had been produced by compelled labour.
The division didn’t particularly identify Prime Glove as one of many corporations concerned.
“Compelled labour predominately happens amongst migrant labourers from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, and Nepal working in 100 rubber glove factories all through Malaysia,” it stated, including that experiences point out round 42,500 migrant employees are employed in these factories.
“Staff are steadily topic to excessive recruitment charges to safe employment that usually retains them in debt bondage; compelled to work additional time in extra of the time allowed by Malaysian regulation; and work in factories the place temperatures can attain harmful ranges.
“Moreover, labourers work below the specter of penalties, which embody the withholding of wages, restricted motion and the withholding of their identification paperwork,” it stated.