Monthly Archives: October 2015

[Indonesia] Union Busting at Honda: State & Company in Partnership

In April 2015, more than 3000 workers employed at the Honda Prospect Motor plant in Karawang, Indonesia held a mass meeting to declare the establishment of their union, SERBUK HPM. However, five of the union’s leaders have now been suspended by Honda in a classic case of union busting. The workers are fighting both the government and company for union recognition.
Kerly, one of the suspended workers, explains that it was in early 2015 that he and other Honda workers first started thinking about forming a union. Unionised workers at nearby factories had told them about their own experiences of winning better conditions.
At Honda a union already existed, but it was run by the company. Membership was compulsory and the fee was deducted automatically from the workers’ pay each month. From these fees the company union was raking in around 50 million rupiah per month, but was doing nothing for the workers. 

When workers were fired, the union leaders told the workers to take the severance pay and not fight the dismissals. They also never encouraged the workers to fight for higher wages. The workers at Honda are paid considerably less than the 4,000,000 rupiah wages of workers at other large automobile plants. They also face the issue of contract work, in which the company keeps workers on short term contracts allowing them to fire workers easily.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: indonesianstruggle.blogspot.hk

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[Cambodia] Compromise Remains Elusive in Minimum Wage Negotiations

After leaving the room early, union leader Ath Thorn said the four walked out because the government was insisting that the wage proposal that received the least votes not be passed on to the LAC for further discussion. They were worried that pro-government unions in the group would tip the results in favor of the lower proposals.

“We walked out because we had requested not to have a vote, but to discuss the numbers and send all of them to the LAC,” he said.

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Guangdong workers protest outside Tommy Hilfiger over labour dispute with Hong Kong bosses

Three Guangdong factory workers and labour rights activists staged a demonstration outside the Tommy Hilfiger flagship store in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong on Wednesday (09/30) asking the American clothes brand to pay their overdue severance after one of its contractors in Guangdong closed down. The workers said their Hong Kong bosses disappeared after the sudden closure of Huizhou SKS Manufacturing Company Limited in March this year. The trio, on behalf of about 100 workers, demanded Tommy Hilfiger, which was 80 percent of the factory’s businesses, to pay their severance, according to the labour rights NGO Globalisation Monitor. Globalisation Monitor and two other labour rights NGOs, Scholars Against Corporate Misbehaviour and Asian TNC Monitoring Network, are helping the workers.

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.hongkongfp.com

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