Indonesia: New anti-union law passed

Submitted by Anon on 19 March, 2003 - 10:01

Indonesia's House of Representatives passed the Manpower Bill on 25 February. The new law is a serious attack on workers' right to strike. Other bills are in the pipeline.
The new legislation states that workers must tell employers of an intention to strike. If they don't notify the bosses, the strike can be classified as illegal and a company can lock out workers and refuse to pay wages.

The new law also demands all labour disputes be settled within 115 days.
The employers' organisation, Apindo, wants the bill to be "enacted immediately to give legal certainty to employers and investors".

Some of the larger union organisations such as the Federation of All Indonesian Workers Union (SPSI) have accepted the new law. But Dita Sari, chair of the FNPBI union organisation, has said they will not give up the fight, and will ignore the new rules.

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