SBK KASBI Protest Outside Japanese Consulate

Workers from Serikat Buruh Kerakyatan Kongres Aliansi Serikat Buruh Indonesia (SBK Kasbi) protested outside the Japanese consulate in Surabaya today over the union busting tactics of Japanese company PT SK Foods Indonesia.  According to activists, workers at a shrimp and fish processing location have been unable to form a union due to intimidation tactics by management, including threats of dismissal, lowering of wages, cutting vacation time, and refusal to negotiate with the union.

In October, SBK KASBI reported management to police.  While still quite rare, there have been cases of where managers have faced criminal charges for denying workers freedom of association, including a successful case brought by Federation of Indonesian Metalworkers Union (FSPMI) against a Japanese company last year.

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