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UOB Buana workers launch strikes, disrupt bank operations

  • Ika Krismantari

    THE JAKARTA POST

JAKARTA   /   Tue, April 7 2009   /  10:51 am

Thousands of workers of UOB Buana Bank, a local unit of Singapore-based United Overseas Bank Ltd launched a three-day strike on Monday, disrupting the bank’s operations nationwide. UOB labor union secretary general Endang Sutisna said the strike was launched after the management and workers failed to make a deal during a meeting on Sunday night over the workers’ demands for a pay rise and annual bonus payment. “We have been demanding it since January, but there has not yet  been any response from the management, and the last night’s meeting was the climax to the problem,” Endang said. He said at least 4,000 workers from 23 branch offices were joining the strike, which was expected to last until Wednesday. Currently, UOB employs 5,800 workers and operates 35 branches nationally. The strike has disrupted the bank’s operation as most of its branches could...