Garment Worker Unrest In Tangerang

Wednesday saw two Tangerang garment manufacturing companies in the news regarding worker unrest.  In The Jakarta Globe, there was a report that polyester producer PT Susila Indah Fiber Industries is facing its second day of a strike by 1,700 of its workers.  The strike is the result of a number of company actions, including dismissing three workers for participating in May Day demonstrations, paying workers only 80% of the minimun wage, and blocking attempts by workers to organize a union.  The Jakarta Post also had a report from Tangerang, this regarding shoe manufacturer PT Prima Inreksa, whose 2,000 workers are in the third day of their strike in solidarity with 1,000 laid off workers who have not received pay promised to them when they were laid off in May 2007.

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