The International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF) has posted this update on the campaign at Nescafe in Panjang, Indonesia. The company continues to refuse to negotiate wages with Serikat Buruh Nestle Indonesia Panjang (SBNIP), claiming that wages are an industry secret. The company is pushing a company-backed union to undermine SBNIP’s bargaining efforts, described below by the IUF:
So in December 2007 Nestle brought 12 Panjang workers hundreds of kilometers from their home town to a luxury hotel in Jakarta to help found the FKBNI….SBNIP members were pressured into joining the FKBNI. Signatures were forged on membership documents. SBNIP members were visited in their homes, where the Corporate Business Principles and Nestlé’s adherence to the UN Global Compact were explained. Others were transferred, and placed under video surveillance. FKBNI members’ applications for education allowance for their children are approved; SBNIP members’ applications are rejected “for administrative reasons”
You can send a message to Nestle, demanding the company negotiate wages with the SBNIP and stop promoting a company union by clicking here.