Major PPE Maker Shuts Factories After Nearly 2,500 Workers Test Positive For Covid-19

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Major PPE Maker Shuts Factories After Nearly 2,500 Workers Test Positive For Covid-19

Post by IceCube » Wed Nov 25, 2020 2:48 am

Top Glove, the world’s largest manufacturer of latex gloves, will shut down more than half its factories after nearly 2,500 of its workers tested positive for Covid-19 amidst a surge in demand for its gloves, a key part of personal protective gear.

The outbreak has led to questions about working conditions for the low-paid migrant workers at Top Glove’s factories, which have been dealing with a surge in demand for PPE during the pandemic. Many of the company’s workers — mostly immigrants from Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries — have complained about 72-hour work weeks, cramped living conditions and low wages, a Los Angeles Times report found. Earlier this year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed a detention order on imports from two of Top Glove’s subsidiaries. Such an action by the CBP is targeted against companies suspected of using forced labor. The Department of Labor also issued a report that pointed at foreign workers being forced to pay steep recruitment fees to secure jobs in the rubber glove industry in Malaysia, which leads to debt and bonded labor. Top Glove’s founder Lim Wee Chai is ranked 14th on Forbes’ 2020 Rich List for Malaysia with a current net worth of $4.2 billion

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If only they had some sort of equipment that would prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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