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Jakarta Post

Protesters demand probe into union busting

  • Ainur Rohmah

    The Jakarta Post

Semarang   /   Fri, September 14 2012   /  09:36 am

Some 100 workers from various labor unions in Semarang, Central Java, converged at the Semarang Manpower and Transmigration Office on Thursday and demanded it investigate the dissolution of a labor union by PT Audio Sumitomo Techno Indonesia (PT ASTI).

PT ASTI disbanded the labor union by dismissing six of its organizers in 2008 whom it deemed had acted in contradiction to the company’s policies. Earlier this year, the company also dismissed 175 union members who staged a strike on July 9 and 10 to demand protection of workers’ rights.

Protesters gathered on Thursday said PT ASTI had implemented discriminative policies against workers who were advocating for labor rights — a practice commonly referred to as union busting.

“The dismissal of six labor organizers was rooted in the fact they had fought for the rights of workers, such as demanding the company abo...