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U.S. tire maker Goodyear loses dispute against foreign workers in Malaysia
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Mei Mei Chu | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
A logo of Goodyear is pictured at it's factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia May 6, 2021. Goodyear Malaysia argued that the migrant workers did not have legal standing to file the complaint as they were not union members, according to the court documents. "This is just the tip of the iceberg albeit a significant milestone in the treatment of migrant workers in this company," said the workers' lawyer Chandra Segaran Rajandran. The court has already ruled in favor of the foreign workers in two of the cases last year. Goodyear is also facing accusations of unlawful overtime, wrongful salary deduction, denying workers full access to their passports, and threats to migrant workers, Reuters has reported.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Goodyear, Rasidah Chik, Rasidah, Chandra Segaran Rajandran Organizations: Goodyear, REUTERS, Goodyear Tire &, Goodyear Malaysia, Industrial, Court, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Shah Alam, Malaysia, Malaysian, Goodyear Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, India
Vortexa Analytics estimated a record 4.3 million tonnes of Malaysian bitumen blend arrived in China in May, of which 2.7 million tonnes had been discharged by May 24. That beats a previous record last December of 2.38 million tonnes reported by Chinese customs, and a pre-sanction high of 2.36 million tonnes for official Venezuelan crude in September 2016. "Traders were scrambling to clear the cargoes before June," said Emma Li, Vortexa's China oil analyst. THIN DISGUISEIn total, Chinese customs data showed China imported 24.5 million tonnes of Malaysian crude oil plus bitumen blend over 2019 and 2020, or 220,000 bpd. Malaysia produces only light, low-sulphur oils that are among "the world's most expensive", said a Malaysian oil industry official.
Persons: PDVSA's Jose Antonio, Carlos Garcia Rawlins, Liu Yuntao, crudes, Zhou Mi, JLC, Emma Li, Li, charterers Organizations: REUTERS, Traders, South, Trade Development Corp, Brent, Thomson Locations: PDVSA's, Anzoategui, China, Caracas, Venezuela, SHANDONG, Malaysian, Shandong, China's Liaoning, Iran, United States, South American, Malaysia, Asia
A woman sits at a bus stop outside Goodyear factory in Shah Alam, Malaysia May 6, 2021. The foreign workers are claiming about 5 million ringgit ($1.21 million) in unpaid wages, said their lawyer, Chandra Segaran Rajandran. According to the court ruling last year, Goodyear Malaysia argued that foreign workers are not entitled to the benefits of the collective agreement because they are not union members. The court agreed that the foreign workers’ job scope entitled them to those benefits. The foreign workers filed the first two lawsuits in July 2019.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Goodyear, payslips, Chandra Segaran Rajandran, , , Sharan Kumar Rai, Anna Ng Fui Choo Organizations: Reuters, Goodyear Tire &, Goodyear, REUTERS, Goodyear Malaysia, National Union of Employees, Manufacturing Rubber, Permodalan, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Workers, Human Resources Ministry Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysian, Shah Alam, Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar, India, Goodyear Malaysia, Permodalan Nasional, United States
The allegations, which Reuters is the first to report, initially surfaced when 185 foreign workers filed three complaints against Goodyear Malaysia in the country's industrial court, two in 2019 and one in 2020, over non-compliance with a collective labour agreement. The foreign workers are claiming about 5 million ringgit ($1.21 million) in unpaid wages, said their lawyer, Chandra Segaran Rajandran. According to the court ruling last year, Goodyear Malaysia argued that foreign workers are not entitled to the benefits of the collective agreement because they are not union members. The court agreed that the foreign workers' job scope entitled them to those benefits. The foreign workers filed the first two lawsuits in July 2019.
Persons: Goodyear, payslips, Chandra Segaran Rajandran, Sharan Kumar Rai, Anna Ng Fui Choo Organizations: Goodyear Tire &, Reuters, Goodyear, Goodyear Malaysia, National Union of Employees, Manufacturing Rubber, Permodalan, Permodalan Nasional Berhad, Workers, Human Resources Ministry, Thomson Locations: Malaysian, Nepal, Myanmar, India, Goodyear Malaysia, Malaysia, Permodalan Nasional, United States
Beyond this, inspectors and Brightway workers told Reuters, companies can manipulate what auditors see on site. The Brightway raid came as the United States had barred another glove maker, Top Glove (TPGC.KL), over forced labour allegations. Asked about the audit findings on forced labour indicators, he said, "it depends on how you interpret forced labour." Five Brightway workers told Reuters they had been informed in advance by their supervisors of planned audits. Retention of passports by an employer is considered a forced labour indicator by the ILO.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, Saravanan, Brightway, Intertek, Andy Hall, Ana Hinojosa, Hall, Baskaran, Kimberly Clark, Ansell, Kimberly, Clark, Terry Balluck, Brightway's Baskaran Organizations: REUTERS, Brightway Holdings, Reuters, Intertek, Malaysian, U.S . Customs, Protection, . U.S . Customs, Customs, . Customs, International Labour Organization, Labour, Malaysia, National Health Service, . Department of Health, Social, UN, ILO, Thomson Locations: Klang , Malaysia, Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, U.S, . U.S, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, United States, Malaysian
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia’s foreign minister stressed on Saturday that his country remained independent in foreign policy after some social media users and opposition politicians lambasted him for referring to his Chinese counterpart as his “elder brother”. FILE PHOTO: Malaysia's Minister of Foreign Affair Hishammuddin Hussein leaves after a meeting at United Malays National Organization (UMNO) headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 26, 2020. REUTERS/Lim Huey Teng/File PhotoHishammuddin Hussein, on his first visit to China as foreign minister, had expressed hope that he and Chinese State Councillor Wang Yi would pursue closer ties between the nations, including post-COVID-19 cooperation and fighting the pandemic. He said he had been “respecting that Wang Yi is older, and a more senior foreign minister; hence ‘elder brother’ to me personally”. “Rest assured that Malaysia remains independent, principled and pragmatic in terms of our foreign policy - founded on the values of peace, humanity, justice, and equality.”
Persons: , Hishammuddin Hussein, Lim Huey Teng, Wang Yi, Beijing’s, Hishammuddin, Anwar Ibrahim, ” Anwar, Organizations: Reuters, Foreign, United Malays National Organization, REUTERS, Twitter Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, China, ” China
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Global edible oil prices are nearing their peak but may be slow to decline to previous levels due to low stocks, a slow recovery in output and higher global use in biofuel production, leading analysts said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: A mini tractor grabber collects palm oil fruits at a plantation in Pulau Carey, Malaysia, January 31, 2020. World palm oil supply is expected to expand by 3 million tonnes in 2021 after suffering a decline of 2.5 million tonnes last year, Mistry added. Graphic: Global edible oil output, demand, imports & stocks -The modest recovery in global palm oil supply will limit the price decline, said Thomas Mielke, head of Hamburg-based analyst firm Oil World. Palm oil, the world’s cheapest and most widely used edible oil, is found in everything from biscuits to biofuel.
Persons: Lim Huey Teng, , James Fry, Fry, Mistry, , ” Dorab Mistry, Thomas Mielke, Joe, ” Mistry Organizations: Reuters, REUTERS, Outlook, LMC International, Godrej, Oil, Biden Locations: KUALA LUMPUR, Pulau Carey, Malaysia, China, Malaysian, Indonesia, Hamburg, India
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