The Jakarta Post
The Eastern Indonesia Oil and Gas Labor Union Federation has reported a Chinese energy firm, CITIC Seram Energy Ltd. (CSEL), to the Upstream Oil and Gas Regulatory Special Task Force (SKKMigas) and the Manpower Ministry for punishing workers for being involved in a labor union.
The federation chairman Indra Kurniawan said three CSEL employees, named Udin Jamaludin, Yudi Priyanto, and Putra Bustami, have been discharged from the field since April. The company refused to deploy them after they started to lead the union as chairman, vice chairman and secretary to fight for labor rights.
"The union demands 149 contracted workers be promoted to become permanent employees. They have been working since 2007, but their status has remained unchanged. They sued the company in Ambon state court," Indra told thejakartapost.com on Friday in Jakarta after submitting the report to SKKMigas.
CSEL's human resources manager, Agus Hidayat, said the management thinks that the three employees are no longer in line with their 'corporate' vision. Thus, the company offered them a mutual termination agreement (MAT).
"However they have yet to respond to the MAT offer until now. Consequently, the company decided to put a hold on their deployment to the field," Agus said.
The federation has requested SKKMigas and the Manpower Ministry to mediate the dispute. Currently, both sides were waiting for the institution’s response. (ags)
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