‘A bad dream’: Nepalis who made UK’s PPE speak out on claims of abusive working conditions

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Glove manufacturer Supermax has repeatedly won NHS contracts during the pandemic, despite claims of forced labour. Now, a group of former workers are seeking justice

“I don’t have any dreams for the future because every dream depends on money,” says Resham, a 45-year-old from Banke, a district in Nepal bordering the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. “Time is passing and I’m getting older. Whatever comes my way, I will face it and go ahead with life.”

Last year, Resham returned to Nepal after spending 10 years working at Supermax, a company producing medical gloves in Malaysia. In October, the US banned imports from Supermax based on evidence “that indicates the use of forced labour”, and the month after, Canada terminated its contracts. The UK, meanwhile, has named the British subsidiary of Supermax as an approved supplier in a new £6bn contract for gloves for NHS workers.

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Written by Alice McCool
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2022/feb/09/a-bad-dream-nepalis-who-made-uk-ppe-speak-out-on-claims-of-abusive-working-conditions-supermax under the title “‘A bad dream’: Nepalis who made UK’s PPE speak out on claims of abusive working conditions”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.