Monthly Archives: April 2012

May Day Posters 2012

As police and activists prepare for May Day protests, I thought would share NobodyCorp‘s always provocative posters, these produced for the upcoming protests.  I will add more as they come out.

[Update]:  I have added a couple more posters there were not produced by NobodyCorp.

Autoworkers at PT. Surya Gemilang Perkasa Fired After Strike

From the International Metalworkers Federation (IMF):

IMF demanded the reinstatement of 204 workers at an automotive supplier company, PT. Surya Gemilang Perkasa, in Indonesia, dismissed for taking legitimate strike action on March 27, 2012 held after the company failed to implement court order to grant permanent employment. PT. Surya Gemilang Perkasa supplies automotive components to Honda, Kawasaki and other brands of motorcycles.

According to an International Metalworkers’ Federation’s Indonesian affiliate, Lomenik, workers at PT. Surya Gemilang Perkasa started to organize themselves and join the union of FKUI KSBSI in the middle of 2011. The plant level union of FKUI KSBSI registered with the Labor Department of Bogor District on November 1, 2011, soon after, management dismissed Mr. Roberto Pardede, Chairperson FKUI KSBSI on December 7, 2011 giving the reason that his employment contract had ended and the company did not want to re-new his employment contract. Management also moved Mr. Suhardi, Vice Chairperson of FKUI KSBSI, to another factory in another district without valid reason.

Following a tripartite negotiation facilitated by the Labor Department of Bogor district, it was recommended that the workers have the right to be permanently employed under the Unlimited Duration of Employment Contract (known as PKWTT) but the company failed to implement these recommendations. In response the workers took legitimate strike action on March 27, 2012 and then the company illegally dismissed the 204 workers who took part in this strike action, including all 15 board members of the FKUI KSBSI.

E-Action: Thai Writer & Labor Activist Faces Trail

From the Clean Clothes Campaign:

On 18 April the trial of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, well known editor and long time labour rights activist, resumed in Bangkok . It will continue until 4 May.

Somyot was arrested on 30 April 2011 following publication in his magazine of two articles which the authorities claim offended the country’s ruling monarch. He was accused of lèse majesté, a crime that carries up to 30 years of imprisonment, and has been refused bail on eight separate occasions…

CCC continues to call upon the Thai authorities to honour its numerous commitments to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms and to drop all charges against Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and all other human rights defenders detained through the lèse majesté laws.

We also ask, more generally that all human rights defenders in Thailand are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of restrictions, including judicial harassment.

We ask you now to send your own letter to the Thai Prime Minister

Indonesian Working Conditions in Olympic Spotlight

From The Jakarta Globe:

London Olympics organizers said Saturday they were taking “extremely seriously” allegations of “sweatshop” conditions for Indonesian workers producing outfits for British athletes and Games volunteers.

The Independent newspaper alleged that the clothing being made for the London 2012 Olympics was “being manufactured for Adidas in sweatshop conditions in Indonesia, making a mockery of claims by London 2012 organizers that this summer’s Games will be the most ethical ever.”

Adidas, the German sportswear and equipment manufacturer, is investigating, the London organizing committee said.

“We place a high priority on environmental, social and ethical issues when securing goods and services and take these allegations extremely seriously,” said a spokeswoman.

“We have spoken to Adidas and they have assured us that they are investigating these allegations, the conclusions of which will be made public.

“We regularly remind all of our licensees of the importance we place on the sustainable sourcing code they have each signed up to.”

Workers at nine Indonesian factories which have contracts to produce Olympic shoes and clothing for Adidas are working up to 65-hour weeks and earning as little as Rp 5,000 ($0.55, 42 euro cents) an hour, the report claimed.

Coal Miners In Kalimantan Arrested, Hospitalized After Demonstration

From the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions (ICEM):

Indonesia’s largest coal producer, PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), through its mine services contractor Thiess Pty. Ltd. of Australia, has brutally attacked members of two ICEM-affiliated mine unions through police and military force. The dispute dates to the fourth quarter of 2011 when miners working for KPC, part of Indonesia’s Bumi Resources, first took strike action when it became obvious that neither Thiess nor KPC intended to grant a renewal collective agreement.

But the dispute at KPC’s Sangatta mine in Kalimantan province on the island of Borneo turned violent on 24 March when 400 striking workers gathered at the coal company’s office in East Kutai district on the counsel of a local citizens group to offer themselves back to work following a second strike dating to last November.

They were immediately attacked by a regional military brigade serving the interests of Thiess and KPC. Twenty miners were severely beaten and hospitalised. Another 12 were immediately detained and throughout the night of 24 March and into the next day, police and military rounded up another four union leaders and jailed them. (for more details, click here).

The incident involved members of mining union DPP FSP KEP (Federasi Serikat Pekerja Kimia Energi Pertambangan Minyak Gas Bumi dan Umum), which is part of the larger confederation KSPI (Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Indonesia).

Eva Kusuma Sundari of the political party PDI-P condemned the actions of the police and military in a press release.