“December 11 union rally for union rights and recognition at Accor’s Ibis Tamarin Jakarta” (IUF)
The International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) has an online campaign to end anti-union practices at Accor’s Ibis Tamerin Hotel in Jakarta, where workers are represented by Federasi Serikat Pekerja Mandiri (FSPM). You can read about the issue here and send a message here.
A summary, from the IUF:
In July this year and again in November, the union, affiliated to the national hotel and restaurant federation FSPM, submitted to management a list of demands, including issues around unpaid overtime, unfair distribution of the service charge on which employees rely, the conversion of contract workers’ jobs to permanent positions and the start of long-delayed collective bargaining negotiations.
The management response was swift and brutal. Contract workers who joined the union have been harassed and pressured to resign their union membership or been effectively dismissed through non-renewal of their contracts. Union members in the housekeeping department are harassed and victimized by their immediate superiors, told to resign their union membership, and in December two union members were pressured to sign false statements dictated by management stating that they were forced to join the union and now regret their actions. The union president remains unjustly suspended from work.
Hotel Guci and DBatoe workers on strike. Sign reads “Sorry Boss…Workers On Strike” (BNP/Job/Gagah Bagus)
Workers from the hotel union Federasi Serikat Pekerja Mandiri (FSPM) went on strike at Hotel Guci and D’batoe after management refused to make them permanent employees after three months of employment, as previously promised.
[This the first I've seen of this, may be more reports coming]
At a meeting in Yogyakarta, the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF) and the hotel workers union Federasi Serikat Pekerja Mandiri (FSPM) called on the Indonesian government to improve working conditions in the tourism sector and threatened to report it to the UN-sponsored World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE).
From The Jakarta Post:
Hemasari Dhatmabumi, Indonesia’s representative for the International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Association (IUF) said they, alongside the Independent Workers’ Union Federation (FSPM), would report the Indonesian government to the World Committee on Tourism Ethics (WCTE) under the auspices of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), should it fail to immediately provide welfare assurance and protection to the workers.
“We demand that the Indonesian government immediately adopt the WCTE regulations and enforce the 2009 Tourism Law,” Hemasari said at the opening of the meeting in Yogyakarta on Tuesday.
[note]: The Jakarta Post misspelled the name of Hemasari Dharmabumi
Here’s a link to an article I have written for Inside Indonesia on the organizing campaign at the Hotel Grand Aquila in Bandung by Federasi Serikat Pekerja Mandiri.
If you don’t have time to read the full article, here’s the main takeaway:
For some, the long-running campaign at the Grand Aquila has exemplified Indonesian workers’ post-reformasi freedoms. On paper Indonesia has some of the most worker-friendly labour laws in Southeast Asia. But employers continue to resist labour unions and the government appears unwilling to protect workers from violations of their labour rights.
As the labour dispute at the Grand Aquila enters its third year, it illustrates many of the hopes and concerns of Indonesian labour activists. The Grand Aquila workers’ dynamic campaign of street protests, government lobbying and international pressure is indeed an example of what is possible in post-reformasi Indonesia. Yet, when a campaign as vibrant as that of the Grand Aquila workers can make little progress and employers continue to intimidate labour activists with relative impunity, it’s clear that the bar remains high for Indonesian workers who desire a voice in the workplace.
You can find past posts on the Grand Aquila campaign here.
TRIBUN JABAR/GANI KURNIAWAN
Federasi Serikat Pekerja Mandiri’s organizing campaign at the Grand Aquila Hotel in Bandung continued with a recent demonstration outside the Bandung mayor’s office. The activists brought two caskets, representing two union members who have died since the beginning of the campaign back in 2008.
For background on the Grand Aquila campaign, see past blog posts here.
As the organizing campaign at the Hotel Grand Aquila in Bandung continues, the IUF has a new online campaign in which you can support the FSPM workers by sending a message to the mayor of Bandung, urging the government to act upon the recommendations of the ILO to reinstate dismissed workers and protect their freedom of association.
For background on the campaign, see past posts here.
Workers who have been denied the right to organize a union at the Grand Aquila Hotel in Bandung received positive news recently when the ILO issued a statement in their favor. The decision from the ILO stated that there is evidence that the hotel violated the workers’ right to freedom of association when it unilaterally fired 137 after they informed the hotel that they had formed a union. The ILO gave the Indonesian government as series of recommendations urging it to take the necessary steps, including potentially issuing sanctions, in order to reinstate the workers and give them the freedom to form a union.
Workers Chain Themselves To Gate Outside Hotel Grand Aquila in Bandung (Detik)
Following the decision,workers held a demonstration in which they tied themselves to the gates of the hotel, demanding that management follow the recommendations of the ILO and respect their right to form a union. The workers are attempting to form a union affiliated with Federasi Serikat Pekerja Mandiri, a hotel workers union affiliated with the International Union of Foodworkers (IUF).
It will certainly be interesting to see how this decision from the ILO impacts the campaign, which began in September 2008, particularly whether workers can capitalize on this symbolic victory and turn it into real leverage with either the government or the employer. For background on this organizing campaign, see our previous posts here.