The company remains committed to ensure a safe passage home for its migrant workers, with all costs covered
By NUR HANANI AZMAN / Pic BLOOMBERG
FGV Holdings Bhd had assisted 1,084 of its migrant workers to return to their home countries between March and December 2020 despite some challenges.
According to FGV, 661 are from Indonesia, 295 from India, 126 from Bangladesh and two from Nepal.
“For FGV’s migrant workers from India, their returns are facilitated through the High Commission of India in Kuala Lumpur during this period.
“FGV remains committed to ensure all its workers whose contracts have ended are provided with a safe passage home,” it said in a statement yesterday.
For all workers who have completed their tenure of employment with FGV, the costs of their return to the home country, including the airfare is fully covered by the company.
While FGV is committed to ensure safe passage for its migrant workers to return to their home country, its efforts have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and the global travel restrictions which began in March 2020.
“From March to July 2020, there were extremely limited flights available from Malaysia to other countries including to the home countries of FGV’s workers particularly Indonesia, India and Bangladesh.
“When more flights to Indonesia and became available at the end of August, its schedules were often postponed or cancelled due to global spikes of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said FGV.
The Covid-19 pandemic had also led to the delay in the renewal of workers’ documentation such as work permits and passports, due to closure of relevant authorities and respective embassies.
“It is worth reiterating that FGV does not practise the retention of migrant workers’ passports, and have installed a total of 32,250 safety boxes throughout all its 68 complexes, as an option for migrant workers to keep their passports safely,” added FGV.
The company said it remains committed to implementing its action plan under its affiliation with the Fair Labour Association (FLA).
“The action plan was adopted on March 31, 2020, at a time when the Covid-19 situation was rapidly worsening globally, including in Malaysia.
“The FLA Action Plan 2020 can be accessed on FGV’s website, with the next progress report due to be published on March 31, 2021,” the statement read.
The company further added that its commitment to respecting human rights and to upholding labour standards is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
“FGV’s sustainability and human rights agenda remain a top priority as it continues to dedicate energy in enhancing its labour practices,” added FGV.