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Jakarta Post

Labor groups call for end to union busting

  • Elly Burhaini Faizal

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 3 2011   /  09:26 am

More Indonesian workers will suffer from unfair working environments if the government does not stop businesses from trying to dissolve labor unions, labor activists say.

Maruli Rajagukguk, an activist from the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute, said on Monday that despite improved labor laws, many workers were being illegally laid off for their involvement in labor unions.

“They have been unfairly and illegally laid off by their employers after they allied themselves with unions to protest poor working conditions at their workplaces,” Maruli said during a two-day rally in front of the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry that ended Tuesday.

The rally involved labor union members from several companies and organizations, including Londre laundry outlet, state-electricity company PT PLN Tbk., Tony Jack’s, Swadeshi Bank and the British International School.