Rubber Glove Company Facing Charges for Withholding Foreign Workers' Salaries
The Ministry of Human Resources announced that the government will take a leading rubber glove company to court for withholding its foreign workers’ salaries, which triggered a strike by 2,000 staff.
The ministry said the Sepang-based latex glove manufacturer was found to have withheld its migrant work staff’s salaries since November 2018. The ministry added that the company will still have to face legal action, although it agreed on 29 January 2019 that it will pay the workers their three months salaries owed.
The ministry said in a statement “This is to ensure the incident does not repeat itself and to serve as a reminder to other employers as well.”
The ministry also said the Labour Department has initiated legal action against the rubber glove maker.
After a meeting with the company and the Bangladesh and Nepal embassies, all parties have reached an agreement on a payment schedule that would see the company’s workers receive their monthly salaries and overtime claims paid on time again.
The Human Resources Ministry added that the payment wages for November 2018 started on 28 January 2019 while overtime was paid on 29 January 2019. December’s salary would be paid latest by 1 February 2019 while overtime would be paid by 15 February 2019. FInally, January’s pay and overtime would be paid on 28 February 2019.
On 29 January 2019, it was reported that some 2,000 Nepali workers were on strike at the company’s factory in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi in Sepang, Selangor.
After an investigation, the company was found to have committed labour offences which includes:
Not paying workers’ salaries for 3 months
Not paying overtime
Unfair pay cuts
Wrongful working hours during break and public holidays.
The three-day strike finished on the same day after the company agreed to pay the outstanding wages.
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