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Police attacked peaceful protest – the second day of General Strike in Indonesia


The second day of #GeneralStrike in Indonesia (25 Nov 2015)

Five union leaders have been arrested in Bekasi Industrial Estates, West Java. These are the five union leaders:

1. Nurdin Muhidin (labour actvists and member of local parliament)

2. Ruhiyat (NAMICOH plant level union)

3. Udin Wahyudin (HIKARI plant level union)

4. Amo Sutarmo (EPINDO plant level union)

5. Adika Yadi (NGK plant level union)

In other area in Bekasi, a Korean company has hired tens of thugs to attack the protesters.

In this picture, labour activis who also local parliament members, Nurdin Muhidin, was arrested by the police.

Asian TNC Monitoring Network strongly condemn the repression and violence.

Long live #InternationalSolidarity

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Indonesian workers strike against new pay regulations

JAKARTA — Thousands of Indonesian workers rallied in several cities on Tuesday to demand the government repeal a new rule that they say limits pay increases.

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Support General Strike in Indonesia

Dear All

Indonesian workers and unions request our solidarity and support in demanding the government to revoke the wage regulation No.78/2015. This new wage regulation restricts the wage increase and workers participation in its decision making process. Thousands of workers have been on strikes in many cities. There are also calls for general strikes.

In response to the situation, Asian TNCs Monitoring Network extends its support and solidarity to the struggle of workers and unions in Indonesia.

In solidarity and struggle (ATNC Monitoring Network)

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An Arrest during Protest Rally against Wage Regulation in Indonesia: A Chronology (October 30, 2015)

You! Get down! All of you get down from the car! Are you going to get down or not? You are dogs!” shouted several of the police around the FBTPI commando car while continuing to use the bamboo sticks. I looked at them. They were wearing brown shirts with brown pants. That was the first time I had seen that uniform. Then I saw Fresly Manulang wounded, blood flowing from his forehead. I braced myself and glanced towards the front seat of the Commando car. Jumisih was not there. I saw police hanging on to the commando car while kicking in the glass on the left side of the car. I remembered Galita who had been sitting in the passenger seat. I wondered if the little girl Aini was with her mother, Galita, there? Finally we decided to get off the commando car, the police were pulling us down. They punched Asmir’s right eye and hauled him down. Manulang was also punched on the head and dragged down. I was pulled down off the car but they did not punch me because I am a woman. Ironic isn’t it? I looked around again, there was no Jumisih, and what about Ari Widiastari, was he safe with his camera? What about Atin with her camera? How about the other comrades? Bamboo. FBLP, Godam, LPB, FSPMI, Forum PUK, SPSI, SPN and the others. I hold my bag tightly, handphone inside, so as not to allow it to be taken by the police.

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Police criticized for violently dispersing labor protest [Indonesia]

Labor activists have pointed fingers at the Jakarta Police for allegedly committing violent acts when they tried to disperse a labor protest from in front of the State Palace in Central Jakarta, on Friday.“The police have committed violence against our friends — Tigor Gempita Hutapea and Obed Sakti Luitnan — and 23 workers during Friday’s rally. The police failed to apply human rights standards. They, instead, triggered the clash,” Alghiffari Aqsa, the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Jakarta) director, said in a press release on Saturday.Thousands of workers from Greater Jakarta staged a street rally on Friday, demanding the revocation of the newly issued Government Regulation (PP) No. 78/2015 that stipulates the calculation of the annual minimum wage increase by using the current fiscal year’s inflation and gross domestic product (GDP) growth rates. They also called for a wage increase of 22 to 25 percent next year.The rally ended with a clash between protesters and the police.Alghiffari explained that the clash broke out at 8 p.m. when the police started to beat a number of protesters who refused to end their action. The police also hit Tigor and Obed, who at that time were documenting the rally using their mobile phones.Alghiffari said Tigor and Obed tried to explain that they were from LBH, which was assisting the alliances. However, the police ignored them and dragged them over to the police cars along with 23 protesters.Both activists suffered from wounds and bruises to their heads and stomachs.

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[Indonesia] Union Busting at Honda: State & Company in Partnership

In April 2015, more than 3000 workers employed at the Honda Prospect Motor plant in Karawang, Indonesia held a mass meeting to declare the establishment of their union, SERBUK HPM. However, five of the union’s leaders have now been suspended by Honda in a classic case of union busting. The workers are fighting both the government and company for union recognition.
Kerly, one of the suspended workers, explains that it was in early 2015 that he and other Honda workers first started thinking about forming a union. Unionised workers at nearby factories had told them about their own experiences of winning better conditions.
At Honda a union already existed, but it was run by the company. Membership was compulsory and the fee was deducted automatically from the workers’ pay each month. From these fees the company union was raking in around 50 million rupiah per month, but was doing nothing for the workers. 

When workers were fired, the union leaders told the workers to take the severance pay and not fight the dismissals. They also never encouraged the workers to fight for higher wages. The workers at Honda are paid considerably less than the 4,000,000 rupiah wages of workers at other large automobile plants. They also face the issue of contract work, in which the company keeps workers on short term contracts allowing them to fire workers easily.

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[Cambodia] Compromise Remains Elusive in Minimum Wage Negotiations

After leaving the room early, union leader Ath Thorn said the four walked out because the government was insisting that the wage proposal that received the least votes not be passed on to the LAC for further discussion. They were worried that pro-government unions in the group would tip the results in favor of the lower proposals.

“We walked out because we had requested not to have a vote, but to discuss the numbers and send all of them to the LAC,” he said.

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Guangdong workers protest outside Tommy Hilfiger over labour dispute with Hong Kong bosses

Three Guangdong factory workers and labour rights activists staged a demonstration outside the Tommy Hilfiger flagship store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong on Wednesday (09/30) asking the American clothes brand to pay their overdue severance after one of its contractors in Guangdong closed down. The workers said their Hong Kong bosses disappeared after the sudden closure of Huizhou SKS Manufacturing Company Limited in March this year. The trio, on behalf of about 100 workers, demanded Tommy Hilfiger, which was 80 percent of the factory’s businesses, to pay their severance, according to the labour rights NGO Globalisation Monitor. Globalisation Monitor and two other labour rights NGOs, Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour and Asian TNC Monitoring Network, are helping the workers.

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Understanding Capital Mobility and Global Production Networks (A Meeting Report)

This meeting report discussed the prospect of labour organising in Asia. The objectives of the meeting are (1) to provide a space for an exchange of knowledge and experiences between labour scholars and activists in the Asia on the issues of capital mobility, global production networks, and the current status of transnational corporations and their role in the region; (2) to identify the impact of the capital mobility and the global production networks on the marginalisation of the workers in the region; (3) to define areas for the labour movement in challenging the capital mobility and the global production networks, and to draw the priorities and strategies of labour organising in the region.

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The global power of the Transnational Corporations (An interview with Martin Hart-Landsberg)

An interview with Dr. Martin Hart-Landsberg by Fahmi Panimbang on the global power of the TNCs operating in Asia.

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