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Jakarta Post

State companies accused of exploiting workers

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, March 14 2013   /  12:17 pm

An alliance of labor unions has denounced worker exploitation at several state-owned enterprises, demanding that the government bring an end to such practices and force the companies to comply with the existing labor law.

The unions also criticized the targeting of labor unions at state owned enterprises, saying that the companies should set a good example to the private sector.

The alliance, Geber BUMN, comprises the Indonesian Workers Organization (OPSI), Indonesian Workers Union Association (Aspek), Unity of Action for Indonesian Workers (Kasbi), Indonesian Power Company (PLN) Workers Union and the Federation of Merpati Workers (FPM).

It accused state-owned enterprises, including PLN, Pertamina and Askes of violating the regulations on outsourcing and disbanding unions in an attempt to exploit their workers and enrich corrupt officials within the state enterprises...