US Investigates Goodyear Malaysia over Labor Practices

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co’s Malaysia could face US prosecution for alleged exploitation of foreign workers. 

“Goodyear and Goodyear Malaysia are currently undertaking a thorough review of the matter, including retaining an independent social auditing firm to inspect working and housing conditions,” Ohio-based Goodyear said

According to some current and former Goodyear Malaysia staff, the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents had been interviewing them in the past 11 months about their working and living conditions, workplace accidents, and threats from Goodyear.

The HSI investigation followed initial allegations filed in three complaints in the industrial court of Malaysia in 2019 and 2020 by 185 migrant workers from Nepal, India, and Myanmar against Goodyear Malaysia. 

Allegations include unpaid wages, non-compliance with a collective agreement, wrongful deductions, and threats to migrant workers. 

In 2020, the court ordered Goodyear to pay back wages to some workers and comply with previous agreements, but the company has appealed the verdicts. 

In May, Malaysia’s labor department said it had charged Goodyear in 2020 for nine violations of labor laws, including excessive hours and wrongful salary deductions.

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