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ILO calls on Indonesian govt. to initiate formal inquiry into the case at the Panarub Dwikarya Benoa factory

Author: ILO, Published on: 1 October 2016

The Committee notes that the present case concerns allegations of dismissal by the PT PDK of PTP SBGTS-GSBI PT PDK trade union leaders, restriction on the right to strike by using police and paramilitary forces on striking workers, dismissal of trade union members and other workers for having participated in a strike and interference in trade union affairs by intimidating workers to change their trade union affiliation in favour of a union supported by management...

The Committee [...] considers that efforts should have been made [...] to giving priority to retaining the trade union leaders in employment, which would have enabled consultations to take place between the trade union and the company on the rationalization and staff reduction process...

The use of police for strike-breaking purposes is an infringement of trade union rights... [T]he Committee requests the Government to take the necessary measures to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations of the use of police and other forces on striking workers... 

[T]he Committee requests the Government to take the necessary measures to initiate an independent inquiry to address the allegations of anti-union termination of 1,300 workers and to determine the real motives behind these measures and, should it be found that they were terminated for legitimate trade union activities, take the necessary measures to ensure that the workers are fully compensated...

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