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Paper Workers Union of PT. Pindo Deli (SPK PD) decided to hold second strike commencing on June 4, 2012 at 00. 00 am that will last for 14 days. This decision taken after a deadlock on wage negotiation held after the first strike. The Management of PT. Pindo Deli failed to positively respond the workers union’s (SPK PD) demand to raise the wages of workers based on the working appraisal /performance or commonly known as End-Year Assessment. The response of the management is a denial on the commitment they made when the workers held first strike on May 7 – 8th 2012.
PT Pindo Deli, a paper company with world-class production capacities, is a subsidiary of Sinar Mas Group and has become a very important part of Asian Pulp & Paper (APP) companies. As the major-class exporter for the American, Europe and Asian countries markets, this company employs not less than 13.000 workers.
The strike again is the last choice decided by the union when the door of negotiation has been closed or met dead lock. The company has neglected the demand submitted by the union to raise the workers wages by 18%, comprising of the wage increase due to the deviation of raise on the Regional Minimum Wages 2012 of Karawang District and raise upon the workers’ working appraisal. This formula of wage proposed by the union has become important aspect since the company has never given rewards or recognition to workers who had been serving for years. The current applicable system only allows wage raise of 16,000 rupiahs (2 US $) per year for workers who have been working for more than 20 years.