Update on Grand Aquila Campaign

The International Union of Food Workers (IUF) recently released this update on the on-going campaign by Federasi Serikat Pekerja Mandiri (FSPM) to organize workers at the Hotel Grand Aquila in Bandung, which resulted in 137 workers being fired, with management targeted union leaders.  The union is currently seeking criminal charges based on a 2000 law protecting freedom of association, an article of which “makes it a criminal offense for an employer to punish workers exercising the right to freedom of association.”

As the IUF admits, the law is rarely enforced and, according to last month’s Tempo article on the dispute, FSPM has had previous attempts to bring criminal charges blocked.  The IUF does point to one successful prosecution of the law in February, a case brought by the metalworkers union, Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal (FSPMI), against the Japanese owned electronic component manufacturer PT Kim Jim Pasuruan (KJI).

FSPM members rally outside the gates of the Grand Aquila Hotel Bandung, Indonesia (from IUF Asia)

FSPM members rally outside the gates of the Grand Aquila Hotel Bandung, Indonesia (from IUF Asia)

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