Supermax compensates current and former workers

MALAYSIA: Supermax Corporation, a medical glovemaker, has paid a total of USD 6 million to its existing and former workforce, as compensation for migrant worker recruitment fees and other costs.

The company had previously faced allegations of forced labour within its ranks, and the US had banned imports of its products. The Canadian government also terminated its contracts because of the allegations.

Supermax has advised that it has paid a one-time goodwill compensation of USD 1,200 to each of its current workers, as well as former workers over a set period.

"Supermax has also engaged an international consulting firm to continue to assess and advise on the payout to all our current and former workers, as well as to track and locate these workers that have returned to their home countries," the company said.

Labour rights activist Andy Hall, who first petitioned the US Customs and Border Protection to probe Supermax, claimed that the workers had paid high recruitment fees, were slapped with unlawful salary deductions, and lived in cramped accommodations.

Supermax has also pledged to meet the International Labour Organisation's standards for its foreign employee living and working conditions.

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