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Batam shipyard resumes operations after racist riot

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Thu, May 6 2010   /  10:42 am

PT Drydocks World Graha slowly resumed operations Wednesday two weeks after a riot sparked by a racist comment torched cars and damaged buildings at the complex on April 22.The dock’s management approved the return of only 1,000 of the previous 10,000 workers at the dock.Thousands of workers began to arrive at 7 a.m. local time Wednesday, queuing at the entrance to the compound, but they were stopped by security guards and police officers.The majority of workers at the company are contractual workers.The company had announced operations would resume on May 5 but that only a select few workers would be allowed to being working initially.A worker from the company’s electrical division, Wahyu, said he and his friends had been disappointed that they were not rehired on the first day the dock was open because their supervisor was in Singapore.“We have been asked to return home. They sai...