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Dyson faces claims from former workers at Malaysian supplier

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Ten former workers from Dyson’s biggest parts supplier, Malaysian firm ATA IMS, are claiming compensation from the home appliance maker over poor working and living conditions at ATA factories, a law firm representing them said on Friday.

The ex-employees allege that “Dyson was unjustly enriched as a result of the unlawful, exploitative and dangerous conditions at the factory”, British law firm Leigh Day said in a statement.

Dyson declined to comment on the compensation claim or the assertions by Leigh Day but said it takes its responsibilities towards workers employed by its third-party suppliers “extremely seriously”.

ATA, which makes parts for Dyson’s vacuum cleaners and air purifiers, did not have an immediate comment on the claim.

Dyson said in November it was severing relations with ATA, and ending its contract within six months, after an independent audit of the company’s labour practices and accusations by a whistleblower. Dyson has not disclosed the findings of its audit.

A view of the exterior of one of the ATA IMS Bhd factory buildings in Malaysia. PHOTO: CNA