Senin, 15 September 2014


OPPORTUNITY, CHALLENGES FOR INDONESIA’S VIBRANT LABOUR MOVEMENT – BY PETER MOSS


Pete Moss is a LabourStart correspondent based in Australia. He’s just returned from a visit to Indonesia.
indonesiaA week in Jakarta meeting union leaders and activists during August taught me two things.
Firstly, this is a period of great opportunity for the Indonesian labour movement to build strongly on gains made in recent years.
Secondly, any international support will be warmly welcomed, including from LabourStart, which is well known and respected among Indonesian unionists.
Unions have won massive gains over the past few years, including a national social security system that will deliver pensions and healthcare for all. The three major union confederations also came together in 2012 for a mighty campaign that delivered a 44 percent increase in the minimum wage. This year Indonesia successfully concluded elections that position the archipelago as the leading democracy in South East Asia. Continued economic growth in this resource-rich diverse nation of 250 million will position Indonesia as a global powerhouse.
The underlying conditions are very positive but inequality is also increasing. Unions face many battles to ensure that workers and their communities are fairly rewarded.
One challenge springs from the scattered structure of the labour movement, which at last count included six registered confederations, 91 federations and 437 enterprise unions. This vibrant movement has emerged only since 1998, when protests brought down the New Order regime and ILO conventions were ratified.
This year the movement divided over the July presidential election. Unions actively intervene in politics, but there is no united strategy and no social democratic or labour party.
Labour Start has a positive profile and universal recognition among the union leaders and labour activists I met.  Particularly appreciated are Labour Start’s Indonesia campaigns, including two for the IndustriALL-affiliated pulp and paper union so far in 2014.
One construction union general secretary pointed to a poster on his office wall and said: ‘When our leader was jailed, Labour Start supported him.’
Several local unionists are active Labour Start supporters, including Indah Budiarto, Nelson Saragih and Khamid Istakhori.  Indonesian unionists are keen to further enhance links with the international movement. Union training was cited as one area where assistance could make a real difference.
Peter Moss

Resource: http://www.labourstart.org/blogs/?p=3590

Kamis, 28 Agustus 2014

Senin, 25 Agustus 2014

Ratusan pekerja PT. Lematang Coal Lestari melakukan aksi damai sehubungan PHK sepihak yang dilakukan perusahaan terhadap seorang pekerja (25 Sep 2014).

Para pekerja yang tergabung didalam Serikat Pekerja Lematang Coal Lestari (SP LCL) menuntut pengusaha untuk mematuhi hukum di Indonesia dan membatalkan PHK yang tidak sesuai dengan prosedur yang telah diatur pada Undang-Undang Ketenagakerjaan.

PT. Lematang Coal Lestari adalah perusahaan tambang batubara berlokasi di Muara Enim, Sumatera Selatan.

Pengurus SP LCL menyampaikan bahwa tindakan PHK sepihak tersebut melanggar hukum sehingga pekerja secara spontan menuntut pengusaha untuk mematuhi hukum dan menghormati hak-hak pekerja.

Pada perusahaan ini terdapat dua serikat pekerja yang keduanya bersatu dalam aksi damai ini.

FSP2KI (Federasi Serikat Pekerja Pulp dan Kertas Indonesia) Sumatera Selatan sebagai mitra dari SP LCL telah mengirimkan protes kepada pimpinan perusahaan dan mengajak semua anggotanya untuk bersolidaritas memberikan dukungan kepada pekerja.

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