Indonesia: Labour rights groups call on Blackstone to pay $10.8 million legally owed to garment workers
"Labor Rights Groups Call on Blackstone to Pay $10.8 Million Legally Owed to Indonesian Workers", 4 February 2019
In light of new reporting by Ken Silverstein, the International Labor Rights Forum, AFL-CIO, United Students Against Sweatshops, and Global Labor Justice are calling on the Blackstone Group to pay Indonesian workers $10.8 million in legally owed terminal benefits. Four years after the Jaba Garmindo factory closed, the workers are desperate to receive the approximately $2,700 each that they are owed. According to Silverstein... the total amount owed is equivalent to “about half of what [Blackstone Chairman Stephen] Schwarzman reportedly spent on his 70th birthday party,” but for workers, their share represents “a sum larger than they are otherwise likely to see at any one time in their lives.”
In solidarity with the Indonesian workers, some of whom will be touring Europe this month to call attention to the case, international labor advocates are demanding Blackstone make the workers whole through a social media campaign and petition...