Hidden camera reveals ‘appalling’ conditions in overseas PPE factory supplying Canadian hospitals, expert says

Article Link: https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/marketplace-overseas-personal-protective-equipment-manufacturing-working-conditions-1.5873213

The wall of noise is constant as the workers manually check, sort and pack a seemingly endless supply of disposable gloves into boxes destined for international markets like Canada. The production line, filled mostly with migrant workers, is cramped. Yet COVID-19 protocols like sanitizing, physical distancing or mask-wearing, meant to protect against the spread of the coronavirus, don’t seem to be enforced at this Malaysian factory. “They just want [you] to work. They just want product. They don’t care about the worker,” said one employee from Nepal, who works 12 hours every day. In spite of these health risks, some employees say they can’t leave their jobs. They say they have significant debt — often borrowed at the hands of unscrupulous lenders — having paid recruitment agencies massive fees to line them up for their jobs.