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Author: savemalaysia   |   Latest post: Sat, 27 Nov 2021, 2:59 PM

 

So long has the writing been on the wall for ATA IMS By Andy Hall

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ON April 19, the US Customs and Border Protection Department (CBP) acknowledged receipt of my formal complaint concerning allegations of systemic forced labour (including, but not limited to unethical recruitment practices and inadequate working/living conditions) at ATA IMS Bhd.

CBP reviewed the petition and determined the information was sufficient to investigate the merits of this allegation. Currently CBP’s investigation is ongoing into conditions at ATA and I continue to engage with CBP officials regularly on this complaint.

I have also made multiple complaints concerning work and living conditions at ATA to the Malaysian Government that until today have not been responded to.

Likewise, I have informed Dyson regularly about my concerns regarding conditions at ATA since 2019. I have received minimal feedback or response from Dyson to these complaints so far.

In contrast, I am aware of the presence of concerning and seemingly defamatory statements made by Dyson against me, solely in relation to my well-intentioned and independent advocacy on work and living conditions at ATA, concerning which I continue to seek legal advice in the UK.

Andy Hall

Yesterday (Nov 25), I understood from media reporting by Reuters that Dyson has now announced publicly its decision to withdraw from ATA due to forced labour concerns and also allegations made by whistleblowers.

Dyson’s decision to walk away from ATA will have huge implications for the thousands of ‘at risk’ workers who have been employed both regularly and irregularly at ATA and on Dyson’s production lines at the company in the past and also at the current time.

These workers are ‘at risk’ due to the presence of multiple ILO (International Labour Organization) indicators of forced labour in their living and working conditions.

Dyson has the moral and legal duty to immediately remediate fully and in a timely manner all workers, both regular, irregular and directly employed or employed through contractors and/or irregular outsourcing agents and who have worked on their production lines at ATA in appalling conditions despite today’s decision to terminate their commercial relationship with ATA.

In my opinion, Dyson, the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), SEDEX and APSCA (Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors) should urgently now reflect also on how their social compliance audit systems have failed, in my opinion, to detect systemic forced labour conditions faced by workers at ATA over the years.

There needs to be an urgent and independent investigation into the conduct of auditors and everyone else involved in this case given the severity of the past, present and future suffering of 1,000s of at risk foreign workers involved in Dyson’s production at ATA.

The Malaysian Government must also bear responsibility here as I have made multiple complaints over the past years to the Government about working and living conditions at ATA but these have not been responded to at all. – Nov 26, 2021

 

Andy Hall is an international migrant worker rights specialist.

 

https://focusmalaysia.my/labour-activist-so-long-has-the-writing-been-on-the-wall-for-ata-ims/

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trading2019 Well done, Andy Hall. Your heroism has just made thousands of workers lost their jobs. If only the world have more Andy Hall.
26/11/2021 12:39 PM
Michael Kwok Its PH people.Everything also korek out.Its PH style.Last was glove the biggest.Caught investor lost 30 over billion out of rushing action.
26/11/2021 12:41 PM
chinaman Pakatun POLANPA USA Barbarian. wakaka
26/11/2021 12:43 PM
chinaman Better support China than US barbarian
26/11/2021 12:44 PM
TheOwlsandWolves Wtf Andy Hall, we don't need you as their hero. Who paid you to do these dirty job ? You western barbarians were even worse, you forgot you own history, ha. Think of your slave trade done by your forefathers. We don't need you, shit guy...get out !!!
26/11/2021 1:07 PM
s3phiroth imo it is a good wake up call to all malaysia especially cinabeng company to start taking care of foreign and local workers' wellfare. Those upper class ppl has been squeezing us for years.
26/11/2021 1:36 PM
mcheat The NGOs nonsense are at it again. As Malaysian, i think we should stop buying from these international brands which did not do their own investigation and rely on botch media for their info on labour conditions in Malaysia....... First it is our glove makers, then this....not to mention the lies on other countries

The final results will be, without a job here on in their own country, these foreign workers will be sent back and suffer!!!
26/11/2021 4:27 PM
L2 seems to target listed entities mostly iso murky large privates. headline seeker? social justice intent is commendable but who will step in to help the swathe of collaterally damaged left in the aftermath? for some, this means no food on the table. to be just right is not good enough. there has to be a righteous outcome.
26/11/2021 4:28 PM
TRADERPATEL Plenty of time for the Malaysian Gov to resolve this issue and they did nothing. All busy politicking. Stop blaming whistle-blower for exposing poor welfare of migrant workers. It is the responsibility of the gov and the hiring company to look after employees welfare. ATA IMS & GOV should be held accountable for shareholder's losses
26/11/2021 4:46 PM
treasurehunt Malaysia employers don't have the urge to hike productivity through employing foreign workers. It's a joke if you make a comparison the salary of Malaysian 20 years ago. Malaysia government should increase minimum wage and reduce reliance of foreign workers.
26/11/2021 5:16 PM
treasurehunt The issue of forced labor won't be ending if Malaysia insists employing foreign workers in a large scale.
26/11/2021 5:18 PM
Keyman188 Amboi...all come & guess...

Which corporate will be the next whistleblower...next victim...



wkwkwk...kekeke...hehehe...
26/11/2021 5:19 PM
treasurehunt Malaysia employers are paying peanuts to their local employees. Sooner or later our neighbor country salary scale would be catching up Malaysian.
26/11/2021 5:21 PM
treasurehunt It is a joke for Malaysian wanted their land to be a developed nation whilst their monthly paycheck staying at ridiculous low level. Pressure of forced labor could be seen benefited to Malaysia employees.
26/11/2021 6:13 PM
anthonytkh I’m forced to work to put food on the table for my family. Does that come out right?
26/11/2021 7:07 PM
Stockhunter88 When will Andy to lodge report towards those consulting companies? Their people also work no day no night
26/11/2021 7:11 PM
Stockhunter88 Anyway, those foreign workers in ATA should thanks Andy for losing their job..
26/11/2021 7:13 PM
treasurehunt Malaysia listed entities earned big profit and yet paid local employees peanuts. Care our own land labor force first before foreign workers la.
26/11/2021 7:53 PM
s3phiroth if u look at the bright side, it eases the stress of foreign labour shortage in the country.

These workers prolly find a new job within days. If the new employer squeeze them again, just report them and find another jobs.
26/11/2021 8:02 PM
treasurehunt No ending of forced labor foreign workers issue when a listed entity enjoying huge profits from employing foreign workers worked for them. Pay higher to local workers working in the factory la.
26/11/2021 8:12 PM
winterwolf Go back into history
Understand how this foreign workers were hired in mass quantity
This was the pre 2018 era where political warlords reined.
The way they were recruited
With a scheme that probably resulting in many scammed and mistreated.
Their dirty ways of living ( those who rented apartment or houses to companies for workers dormitories will tell you that), giving the impression as though they were mistreated and slaved.
Those that got the short ends of the stick becomes whistleblower.
They sing like canary, with added spice and flavour, never their own fault

The management of the companies cannot do much to correct the issue, as it is trans border and it is beyond the reach of the employers.
Whatever deal signed was made in their own land, by themselves, with their own countrymen as agent or recruiters. A bond or debt that is self inflicted to get out of a rut hole.

So, Malaysia is now infamous for the "forced labour" issue
From Plantations, to Gloves Factory, and now Electronics, later those
Furniture making ones will be named, as long as one makes decent
quarterly profits, and hires loads of these foreign workers, especially the high profile ones, those listed in KLSE and depends heavily on foreign business or MNC for businesses. You will be targeted.

ANDY HALL is just a crooked activists, making use of the situations, give it some twists to the actual facts and blame it on the employers in total. Someone needs to be bashed, in the mind of a white bully, but definitely not the "victims".
He even had a press conference last year on how the Foreign workers had their movement restricted.....while the whole nation were restricted at home due to MCO. He quoted a whistleblower on that too so as to paint a picture of mistreatment to push his slavery narratives.

If Malaysian Employers still do not wake up from this, prepare to suffer.

Hire more locals is the only way out.
if possible, forget about the foreigners,
phase them out in due time,
the bills for maintenance can be channeled into
paying decent wages, on the job vocational training,
instead of our youth wasting their prime years on the road
as food delivery boys, makes less in due course, but save from marauders like Andy Hall.

The Malaysian politicians are bunch of goons that lacks the intelligence to counter activists like this, they are good only at citing Quaranic verses, as lips services, or play dirty politics. They are only jaguh kampung, They are just too inferior in thinking and self esteem, In fact some even go along with the narratives to punish the local employers. The government that is chosen, by votes or by backdoor, will not and incapable to help.
26/11/2021 8:52 PM
Superbull898 ,operator all from indo n Vietnam , pay minimum RM 1200 , work 6 day , 12 hour , per week , really fxxxk off ATS management

Operator work like dog at production line ,top management sit in front computer play game .

Top management those manager level awaiting ATS kick out
26/11/2021 8:56 PM
Superbull898 Operator indo n Vietnam very happy now ,awaiting get compensation , a lot eletonics factory shortage oparator , they can jump to other factory , low level like opearotor easy get job in Malaysia , every where , RM 1200 only , very cheap salary
26/11/2021 8:59 PM
treasurehunt In the end, listed entities should employ Malaysia workers and pay them higher or else migrate their labour intensive factories to another country.
26/11/2021 9:06 PM
dompeilee This greedy govt is riddled with corruption. Only good for filling their own pockets @ the expense of the taxpayer. Zero concern for struggling foreign labourers.
27/11/2021 8:50 AM


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