Indonesian Public Sector Union Files Lawsuit Over Wikileaks

For those of you who follow news on Indonesia, you have probably already heard about the recently published wikileaks documents which implicate President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his family in a number of corrupt practices.  If you have not, you can read more about this story here.

The story has drawn a lot of reactions and discussion in Indonesia, including an interesting response from the union representing public sector workers.  This Jakarta Post article explains:

The state-owned enterprises labor union (FSP BUMN Bersatu) has announced plans to file a lawsuit against two Australian newspapers, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, at Central Jakarta District Court on Tuesday, following their publication of articles citing allegations of corrupt practices by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

“The reports of the two Australian newspapers really insult the dignity of the Indonesian nation,” labor union spokesman Trisasono , said in a statement on Monday.

The article is short, so it does not go into much detail about what is motivating the lawsuit, but it would be interesting to know how private sector unions view this kind of campaign and whether this is suggestive the different political interests that often come with public sector unions.

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