IUF Campaign Updates: Nestle, Grand Aquila Hotel

The IUF recently posted updates on two of its campaigns in Indonesia, supporting workers at the Nescafe factory in Panjang and the Grand Aquila Hotel in Bandung.

In the case of Grand Aquila Hotel, the workers marched nearly 250 kilometers from the hotel location in Bandung to the capital in order to meet with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, a meeting which did not happen.  The march was made by dismissed union officers.  The union is seeking redress from the government after 137 union members were dismissed in a union busting effort by hotel management.  For further background on the campaign, you can read the full update here.  At the bottom of the full update you can also send a message to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono supporting the Grand Aquila workers.

Panjang, March 19, 2010: SBNIP members meet outside the factory gate. President Eko Sumaryono reads out the statement presented to Nestlé management at a meeting earlier that day.

In the case of Nestle Panjang, workers are facing management who has refused to include wages in their collective bargaining agreement and has tried to bust the union by demanding it go through a verification process, despite 7 years of representation.  The company has also created a company-backed union.  After pressure, the company is now agreeing to bargain wages, but only if the company created union is a part of the process, essentially robbing the union of its long fought for right to bargain wages.  For a full update, you can read here and send a message to Nestle.

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