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ATA IMS slumps to six-month low after Dyson cut ties on alleged labour practices

ATA IMS slumps to six-month low after Dyson cut ties on alleged labour practices
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KUALA LUMPUR (Nov 25): Shares in ATA IMS Bhd slumped to its lowest level in six months on Thursday after British firm Dyson terminated its relationship with the electronics manufacturing firm over alleged labour practices.

At 11.06am, ATA IMS plunged 29.91% or 35 sen to 82 sen, valuing it at RM987.58 million.

Reuters this morning reported that the British firm, famed for its high-tech vacuum cleaners, said its decision to terminate the relationship followed an audit of the Malaysian company's labour practices and allegations by a whistle-blower.

ATA IMS makes parts for Dyson's vacuum cleaners and air purifiers.

Dyson said it had commissioned an audit of working conditions at ATA IMS earlier this year, the results of which were received on Oct 4.

In addition, it was informed in September of a whistle-blower making allegations about unacceptable actions by ATA IMS staff and immediately commissioned an international law firm to undertake a further investigation, Dyson said.

"Despite intense engagement over the past six weeks, we have not seen sufficient progress and have already removed some production lines," Dyson said in a statement to Reuters. "We have now terminated our relationship with six months of contractual notice."

ATA IMS did not immediately respond to a Reuters' request for comment.

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