The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) has posted this e-action in support of Nescafe factory workers in Indonesia, with the following summary:
Since 2007, the union at Nestlé’s Nescafé factory in Panjang, Indonesia has been struggling to negotiate two basic improvements to their contract. The union wants: wages to be negotiated through collective bargaining, and is asking for the wage scale to be included in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. These are basic elements of any negotiation, but Nestlé management refuses, saying it is not company policy to negotiate wages and that wage scales are “confidential”! Rather than negotiate, Nestlé has attempted to undermine the union’s legitimacy by intimidating members and leaders, attempting to establish a rival organization and pressuring workers to join it. Nestlé has tried to keep wages out of collective bargaining by forcing a solution through the industrial court rather than at the bargaining table. For nearly two years workers have resisted – you can support their resistance by sending a message to Nestlé, the world’s largest food company, using the form below.