Monthly Archives: September 2009

“SBY has not eased labor pains”

The Jakarta Post has this article featuring criticisms of the SBY administration from three major labor unions.    The three perspectives, all fairly consistent regarding outsourcing, contract work, the minimum wage, and unemployment, include quotes from the Confederation of All-Indonesian Workers Union (KSPSI), the Confederation of Indonesian Prosperous Labor Union (KSBSI), and the Federation of All State-owned Enterprise Workers Union (FSP BUMN).

“Labour Photo of the Year 2009”

Have a photo of the Indonesian labor movement in action?  Submit it to the Labourstart.org’s “Labour Photo of the Year” competition.  Details on how to submit a photo can be read here.

“Kalau Bis Kota Lebih Murah, Siapa Yang Salah” – Wiji Thukul

Hundreds of public minivan drivers protested the launch of the new Trans Metro bus system in Bandung, protesting outside the Trans Metro Bandung office and the General Elections Commission (KPU).  While The Jakarta Globe cites Antara as saying the launch went off “without a hitch,” according to TempoInteraktif the drivers blockaded the bus route for half an hour before authorities were able to negotiate an agreement.

Federation of Independent Media Workers Unions Pushes For Improvements

The Jakarta Globe has this report on meetings between the newly formed Federation of Independent Media Workers Unions, a federation of 8 unions from Jakarta and Solo, and Erman Suparno of the Minister of Manpower and Transmigration.  The federation was created in July as a vehicle to push for improved working conditions, an end to short-term contract-based employment, and an improvement in wages.  According to the head of the federation, unionization of media workers is far behind other industries, with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AIJ) recording only 26 media workers unions nationwide and media outlets as “allergic” to unionization as any other employers.

In the article, Ignatius Haryanto takes the argument one step futher, pointing out tension between the media’s more democratic ideals and its lack of transparency regarding labor issues, which according to Haryanto can be seen in “an unspoken solidarity between media owners not to bring up the subject when there’s a labor issue at another media company”

47 Workers Fired After Demonstration

Kompas is reporting that as many of 47 workers at PT Nasional Interindo Metal in Mojokerto, East Java were fired for holding a demonstration demanding holiday pay, which they have a right to based on labor regulations put in place in 1994.  The company denies the firing had anything to do with the demonstration.

Front Nasional Perjuangan Buruh Indonesia (FNPBI), the organization representing the workers, has put contacts on their website for those who would like to send messages of solidarity to the local union or messages to the company in support of the workers.

Workers, Police Clash In Gresik

Kompas is reporting that workers at PT Redtrindo Nusantara’s wood processing factory in Gresik, East Java have filed complaints with authorities in Gresik after a clash with police sent 6 workers to the hospital.  According to Berita Jatim, hundreds of workers represented by Kahutindo (All-Indonesian Wood Forestry and General Workers’ Union) have been demonstrating outside the factory this week over holiday pay and outsourced work.  According to one witness, the police clashed with workers after they blocked the front gate and refused access to to the factory.

Buruh Redtroindo Nusantara Jumat (11/9) hanya lalu lalang dan duduk-duduk sehari setelah terjadi bentrokan dengan polisi. (Kompas)

Buruh Redtroindo Nusantara Jumat (11/9) hanya lalu lalang dan duduk-duduk sehari setelah terjadi bentrokan dengan polisi. (Kompas)

Nestle Solidarity Action In Hong Kong

The Hong Kong national union center HKCTU rallying outside a Nespresso shop in solidarity with Nescafe workers in Panjang, Indonesia.  The workers "passed out leaflets describing Nestlé management's refusal to include wages in collective bargaining and absurd contention that wage scales for Nescafé workers are a 'commercial secret'." (IUF)

The Hong Kong national union center HKCTU rallying outside a Nespresso shop in solidarity with Nescafe workers in Panjang, Indonesia. The workers "passed out leaflets describing Nestlé management's refusal to include wages in collective bargaining and absurd contention that wage scales for Nescafé workers are a 'commercial secret'." (IUF)