Monthly Archives: March 2012

Support for the striking workers in Indonesia

The petition letter will go to the following target:

Mr. Akhio Isuzuka
Owner of PT. NBC Indonesia
Head-Office Japan 2-50-3 Toyoda Hino – Tokyo 191-0053 Japan


Support the Striking workers of NBC in Indonesia

19 March 2012. Workers of NBC Indonesia, members of worker Union of PT NBC Indonesia held on strike. They are worker union that affiliated to the Federation of People Workers Union, West Java and nationally affiliated to the National Union Confederation (KSN).

The strike held in the location of factory due to the rejection from the management to conduct negotiation with the union related to the demand on wages for the workers. The workers demand the company to pay their wage together with the years-of-service appreciation (gratuity) for those who have been working in the factory since 15 years ago. The Union demand the company to pay Rp. 17. 500 (US$ 1.90) for every year of service of the workers. Today, the strike has been started and the management has refused to continue the negotiation. Beside demand on wages, workers also witness some accumullation on problems, e.g.: uncertain employment status (contract-based with no limit of time), no menstruation leave, transportation allowance, etc.

It was also triggered by the fact that the President Director, Mr. Khosi Watanabe has been acting arrogantly toward the workers by showing disrespectful treatment. As an expatriate, Watanabe has shown negative attitude / misbehaviour toward culture, tadition, and labour law in Indonesia. Though demand on proper wage is the main demand of the workers, the arrogance shown by Watanabe has also triggered the strike.

NBC Indonesia, is a Japanese Company located in the Industrial Area of KIIC Karawang, Indonesia and produce screen mesh for screen printing of electronic PCB and filter of automotive. Therefore, KSN calls for support and petition to help the strike held by the workers of NBC Indonesia. Detailed information related to the NBC can also be accessed through their web site :

In Solidarity,

Khamid Istakhori

Secretary-General of National Union Confederation (KSN), Indoneisa

Give Apple workers a voice in their future

Joint statement by International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF), International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), GoodElectronics, MakeITFair, Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour (SACOM), and SumOfUs.

23 March 2012
Give Apple workers a voice in their future

By joining the Fair Labor Association, Apple has embarked on its latest program of auditing its suppliers, ostensibly to investigate and remedy the appalling abuses in its supply chain that have been well documented and widely reported. While Apple claims that it is finally taking the issue seriously, its top-down auditing approach can never be a long-term solution to the systematic violations of labour rights that are occurring every day in the manufacture of electronic products. Indeed, Apple promised in 2006 that auditing would protect the rights of workers in its global supply chain, with results that are all too apparent.

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2.3 million Filipino women render unpaid work, prone to abuse – think tank

Despite current notions of female empowerment in workplaces, Filipino women workers still suffer from lower wages and lower quality jobs than their male counterparts, according to labor think-tank Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education and Research (EILER).

EILER said that based on the Bureau of Labor and Employment Statistics’ 2011 Gender Statistics on Labor and Employment, women bear the brunt of the highly backward domestic economy as they are concentrated on volatile and informal jobs with low or no wages at all.

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Massive India Strike Poses Fresh Challenge to Government

February 28, 2012

Trade unionists participating in a rally to show support for the All India General Strike, in Siliguri, India on Monday. The strike has been called by 11 unions to protest against rising prices and fixed minimum wages for contract laborers. (AFP Photo)
Trade unionists participating in a rally to show support for the All India General Strike, in Siliguri, India on Monday. The strike has been called by 11 unions to protest against rising prices and fixed minimum wages for contract laborers. (AFP Photo)


New Delhi. A nationwide strike called by trade unions including those affiliated with the government hit Indian cities Tuesday, with millions expected to join the call for tighter labor laws and a minimum wage.

Eleven central trade unions have backed the strike call, posing a fresh challenge to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his leftist administration, which had called on the unions to call off the show of force.

“This is an historic occasion. For the first time all the big trade unions have come together to protest the anti-labour polices of the government,” All India Trade Union Congress general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta said.

Among the unions’ demands are a national minimum wage, permanent jobs for 50 million contract labourers and greater government efforts to rein in the rising cost of living.

“We gave the government ample opportunity to discuss these issues. Now striking is the only option before us,” Dasgupta said.

“We are fighting for our rights against a government that is anti-people,” he added.

Singh’s government, already tainted by a series of high-profile corruption scandals, has struggled to keep inflation in single digits at a time when the economy is growing at its slowest rate for three years.

Transport, banking and postal services were all expected to be hit by the 24-hour strike that began midnight Monday.

In Kolkata, a traditional trade union stronghold, most bank branches, shops and other businesses were closed, with taxis and rickshaws staying off the streets.

But the city’s metro was working normally, and West Bengal’s firebrand Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had denounced the strike call, brought 1,000 state-owned buses into the city to ease the transport problem.

Kolkata police chief R.K. Pachnanda said 10,000 police officers had been deployed across the city, including special units in government offices, bus depots and metro stations to prevent intimidatory picketing by union activists.

In New Delhi, traffic was lighter than usual and people arriving at the capital’s main railway station struggled to find transport to other areas of the city.

“Our most important demand is the abolition of contract labour and a check on the uncontrolled increase in prices,” said G. Sanjeeva Reddy, president of the Indian National Trade Union Congress, affiliated to Singh’s Congress party.

“We will study the reaction of the government to this strike before deciding on our future course of action,” Reddy told AFP.

Agence France-Presse

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.: Respect the Rights of SLT workers

(Sign Petition :

Joint Trade Union Committee

P.O. Box 2293,

Colombo – 01,

18th February 2012

Dear Comrades,

Request for Solidarity Action

We are writing on behalf of the Joint Trade Union Committee of Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) seeking your solidarity for a global campaign, that we have commenced against the gross violation of the terms of settlement of the agreement, the Joint Trade Union Committee signed with the SLT management on 2011-08-10.

Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT) is the leading telecommunication service provider in Sri Lanka. SLT has its origins as a government department which later transformed as a government corporation and then again as a government owned company. Some of its shares have been transferred to private entities during 1990s. However the government of Sri Lanka is the major share holder of the SLT.

During the past period the management of SLT got degenerated to a very poor state which has resulted in decline productivity and efficiency of the organization. Human resource related issues got piled up making employees more and more demoralized. Parallel to this a tragedy, a bureaucratic group emerged within the company and they behave in a manner as if they have the absolute right to discriminate our members within SLT as they wish. For an example under the name of “Transport Allowance” about 180 bureaucrats are receiving, monthly an amount much more than their salaries, while paying a fraction of that amount to our members / other staff.

The background the dispute:

a)      The company maintains a highly discriminatory management system

b)      They employ about 2000 workmen (about 25% of the entire work force of SLT) on temporary or contract basis, by using ‘SLT Manpower Solution (PVT) Limited’ which itself is a SLT subsidiary company created only to supply cheap labour for SLT operations.

Twenty one (21) trade unions which represent about 90% of SLT workforce (including the SLT Manpower Solution employees) went on a strike for eight days from 2011-08-02 to 2011-08-10. The strike came to an end after SLT management signed an agreement with trade unions, under section 12(1) of the Industrial Dispute Act, (which is the relevant legislation in Sri Lanka) before of the Commissioner of Labour – Industrial Relations.

According to terms of settlement of that agreement SLT management had to implement the terms of settlement within six months, which ended by 10th February 2012. Yet ignoring repeated requests and reminders made by SLT trade unions SLT management not only ignored implementing the conditions laid by settlement agreement but also acted in violation to that agreement.

No need to mention that non-implementation of a settlement agreement signed with trade unions before the Commissioner of Labour is a violation of the IDA, that amounts to an offence, punishable under said Act.

In fact we consider this as an attempt by the SLT management to deceive the trade unions.

Under no circumstance we can allow a management to deceive its trade unions.

Under above circumstance SLT trade unions have no option but to call our members for another trade union campaign to get the settlement agreement implemented. We have already informed the SLT management and the Commissioner of Labour accordingly.

With a view of exerting maximum pressure on the management, we hereby seek your assistance for a global solidarity campaign. You can demonstrate your solidarity by faxing or by emailing solidarity letters to the Chairman of SLT with copies to the authorities whose details are given below. Or, by signing this petition the petition will be sent directly to the following targets:


Mrs. Perl Weerasinghe

Commissioner General Labour

Fax: +94112581145



Mr. K.D.M. Priyantha

Labour Commissioner (Industrial Relations)

Fax: +94112582608


Mr. Nimal Welgama

Chairman, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.

Fax: +94112449999



Mr. Greg Young

CEO, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.

Fax: +94112424800



Mr. Jayantha Thilakarathne

C.H.R.O., Sri Lanka Telecom PLC.

Fax: +94112424672



Mr. Nimal Athukorala

Secretary, Ministry of Telecom & Information Technology

Fax: +94112301712




Please send your solidarity letters or sign this petition.

Thank you,


in solidarity


Joint Trade Union Committee,


P.O. Box 2293, Colombo – 01, Sri Lanka.

Fax: +94112441344