Malaysia Supermax implements new policies for migrant workers after US import ban

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan.3 (Reuters) – Malaysian glove maker Supermax Corp (SUPM.KL) has introduced a new foreign worker management policy and improved its current human resources policies in light of allegations of forced labor, he announced Monday.

The new strengthened policies follow an October ban by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on the company’s imports over suspected labor abuse. It is one of five Malaysian glove makers to face the ban in the past two years. Read more

Supermax said in a statement that it is currently updating CBP on improvements made under the new policies.

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“The effectiveness and implementation of these policies will be inspected by different levels of ongoing audits with at least two audit processes and two additional auditors based in the United States, who will perform analysis and follow-up against 11 ILO forced labor indicators, ”he added. said, referring to the standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Supermax has also started reimbursing hiring fees to ex-workers since September and plans to complete that process by March.

The company said improvements in working and living conditions were underway, with renovations and renovations expected to be completed by mid-February.

It also adopted an equal pay and benefit structure for foreign workers, to match that of local workers. This will further eliminate any discriminatory practice, he said.

Supermax said it proactively increased its minimum wage to 1,400 ringgits ($ 335.75) per month, above the current national minimum wage of 1,200 ringgits.

($ 1 = 4.1700 ringgit)

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Reporting by Liz Lee; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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