Category Archives: Riau

Hundreds Protest Outside Chevron Office

Amidst much discussion about how Indonesian workers are demanding more from multinationals operating in IndonesiaOke Zone is reporting that hundreds of workers demonstrated outside Chevron’s PT Chevron Pacific Indonesia (CPI) office in Riau.  Serikat Buruh Sejathera Indonesia (SBSI) organized the demonstration, which was protesting the firing of 59 workers.  Perhaps most interesting, the workers were actually fired by a subcontractor providing services to Chevron, but they have chosen to take their claims directly to the multinational.

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SPSI Leadership Dispute In Riau Turns Violent

The Jakarta Globe is reporting that there is one person dead and thirteen injured after a conflict over Serikat Pekerja Seluruh Indonesia (SPSI) union leadership in Riau turned violent.

Armed with spears, swords, firearms and knives, hundreds of union workers on Thursday went on a rampage through Rokan Hilir district, police said.

Adj. Sr. Comr. Bambang Sudarmaji, the district police chief, on Friday said the conflict centered on a leadership tussle at the All-Indonesian Workers Trade Union (SPSI). “We are still taking witness statements,” he said.  “Supporters of one leader decided to launch an attack at the SPSI office of a rival leader in the Bagan Sinembah subdistrict of Rokan Hilir. They completely destroyed the office.”  Bambang said preliminary investigations showed that supporters of Fuad Ahmad stormed the office of Muhammad Hendra Gunawan at about 8 a.m. on Thursday.