Demo: “We Need No False Promises” on Union Busting

The Jakarta Post reports on a demonstration outside the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration in Jakarta calling for the government to take stronger measures to stop union busting:

Maruli Rajagukguk, an activist from the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, said on Monday that despite improved labor laws, many workers were being illegally laid off for their involvement in labor unions.

“They have been unfairly and illegally laid off by their employers after they allied themselves with unions to protest poor working conditions at their workplaces,” Maruli said during a two-day rally in front of the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry that ended Tuesday.

The rally involved labor union members from several companies and organizations, including Londre laundry outlet, state-electricity company PT PLN Tbk., Tony Jack’s, Swadeshi Bank and the British International School.

Union busting, which comprises a range of activities undertaken by employers to prevent the formation or expansion of labor unions, is on the increase despite that labor unions are protected by Law No.21/2000.  While they should be protected by the state, more and more workers are being threatened by union busting activities, including sowing discord among union members, attacks on strikes, intimidation and physical abuse.  Maruli said Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar must do more to prevent union busting.


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