The IUF has put out the following video, which includes interviews of leaders of the Independent Nestle Trade Union Panjang (SBNIP). You can support the workers by sending a message through the IUF website here and check out their Nestle website here.
The IUF has posted this update on the campaign by Nestle workers in Panjang. The campaign is focused on the issue of whether their collective bargaining agreement will include the issues of wages, a fundamental piece of most collective bargaining agreements but something that Nestle claims is a “commercial secret.”
If you haven’t already, you can send a message in support of the workers by clicking here.
Workers Protest At Nestle Office In Jakarta (IUF)
The IndoLeft News Service has posted two articles (here & here) on an meetings held by the Front Nasional Perjuangan Buruh Indonesia (FNPBI-Indepenen) days before the presidential election, in which they resolved to boycott the election. This is from the Surya Daily Online:
The workers also made six demands on the government. These were in the form of guarantees of the workers insurance scheme (Jamsostek), holiday bonuses, decent overtime wages, increases in the regional minimum wage, the abolition of contract labour and outsourcing and the freedom to organise…
According to [spokesperson] Irwanto, the character of the presidential tickets of Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono-Boediono, Megawati Sukarnoputri-Prabowo Subianto as well as Jusuf Kalla-Wiranto are clearly the same was they were in the previous era. By way of example, it was precisely when former president Megawati was in power that contract labour and outsourcing systems were put into place through Law Number 13, 2003 on Labour.
Becak drivers may be one of the most visible groups of informal workers where traditional trade union strategies don’t fit the structure of the labor market. The Jakarta Post has this report on the work of the Jakarta Becak Association (Sebeja) in organizing against Jakarta’s ban an becak drivers.
Despite years of being banned, thousands of becak still operate in kampungs in West, East and mostly North Jakarta, says Marno Nandang Triwanto, from the Urban Poor Consortium (UPC). The becak drivers operate under fear of getting caught by public order officers, who confiscate any pedicabs they find.
These drivers are currently organizing a movement to protest the ban. Arguing it is unconstitutional, as it deprives them of their right to a livelihood, becak drivers staged a protest recently demanding the ban be lifted. Seventy-five drivers from North Jakarta pedaled their pedicabs to the North Jakarta municipal office, demanding the right to work.
From his becak in Koja, North Jakarta, Yusuf, 29, says he joined the Jakarta Becak Association (Sebeja) to defend his rights as a Jakartan. “We need the money to live. I don’t mind not driving a becak, as long as the administration can give us jobs,” he says. He adds he is enraged at the becak ban and at allegations of corruption among public order officers.