PT Sumi Indo Wiring System Workers Demand Freedom To Choose New Union

According to reports from Kompas and Pikiran Rakyat, hundreds a workers demonstrated outside PT Sumi Indo Wiring System in Purwakarta, West Java, after the company dismissed and suspended workers in retaliation for organizing activities.  Workers are currently attempting to organize the factory with Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia (FSPMI) and see these dismissals as retaliation for attempts by workers to independently choose a new union.  The demonstrators demanded that the workers be reinstated, with back pay, and that the company no longer interfere with their right to choose a new union.

The company emphasizes that the workers are already organized, under the more conservative and less confrontational Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia (All-Indonesia Union of Workers – KSPSI), and claims that the workers were not dismissed for organizing a new union, but rather for using company letterhead to distribute information about FSPMI.

Hopefully the press will continue to follow this campaign, which could serve as an interesting case in the dynamics of union competition in Indonesia.  To give the competition some historical context, KSPSI was the only legal trade union under the New Order regime.  Despite being discredited as an organization controlled by the regime and friendly to employers, KSPSI has continued to be one of the most influential trade unions a decade into the reformasi era and the fall of Suharto.  For an in-depth analysis of how KSPSI has managed to retain its influence, I would refer you to Teri Caraway’s article “Explaining the Dominance of Legacy Unions in New Democracies: Comparative Insights From Indonesia.”

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2 responses to “PT Sumi Indo Wiring System Workers Demand Freedom To Choose New Union

  1. Kepada
    Yth. Kepala Bagian Personalia
    Di tempat

    Dengan hormat,

    Saya telah melihat perusahaan yang Bapak/Ibu pimpim perkembangannya sangat pesat dan mempunyai reputasi yang baik, untuk itu saya ingin bergabung

    Nama saya Riskon Abdul Gafur, UNSIKA Karawang, TEknik Industri, Strata 1, 2007 (2.85).

    Saya mempunyai kondisi kesehatan yang baik, loyalitas tinggi, jujur, ulet, cepat memahami bidang baru, motivasi tinggi, dan bersedia ditempatkan diseluruh area kerja Lurus yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan perusahaan.

    Harapan saya Bapak/Ibu dapat mempertimbangkannya. Atas perhatian Bapak/Ibu, saya ucapkan terima kasih.

    Karawang, 26 Juni 2010

    Hormat saya,
    Riskon Abdul Gafur

  2. epada
    Yth. Kepala Bagian Personalia
    Di tempat

    Dengan hormat,

    Saya telah melihat perusahaan yang Bapak/Ibu pimpim perkembangannya sangat pesat dan mempunyai reputasi yang baik, untuk itu saya ingin bergabung

    Nama saya Riskon Abdul Gafur, UNSIKA Karawang, TEknik Industri, Strata 1, 2007 (2.85). Hp. 08561432421

    Saya mempunyai kondisi kesehatan yang baik, loyalitas tinggi, jujur, ulet, cepat memahami bidang baru, motivasi tinggi, dan bersedia ditempatkan diseluruh area kerja Lurus yang sesuai dengan kebutuhan perusahaan.

    Harapan saya Bapak/Ibu dapat mempertimbangkannya. Atas perhatian Bapak/Ibu, saya ucapkan terima kasih.

    Karawang, 26 Juni 2010

    Hormat saya,
    Riskon Abdul Gafur

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