Indonesian paper workers striking for fair wages and rights
IndustriALL’s Indonesian affiliate FSP2KI leads the struggle against Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) after the company illegally broke off collective bargaining talks and called in the local army and police to intimidate workers against supporting the union in West Java.
FSP2KI’s branch level union the Pindo Deli Paper Workers Union SPKPD began a one-month strike on 27 February to protest the breakdown of collective bargaining due to company intransigence and the escalating tension caused by deployment of local army and police to the factory.
It was no surprise to the CFMEU to read about Chinese workers employed unlawfully as plasterers in the Victorian construction industry and their exploitation as reported on the front page of The Sunday Age last week.
Around Australia, the CFMEU has encountered numerous instances of Chinese plasterers, both lawful and unlawful, being employed by unscrupulous employers taking advantage of the workers’ visa status, lack of knowledge of their rights, their pay and conditions.
International Women’s Day (8 March) is a global day which celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future while also recognising the existence of a range of barriers to women achieving equality and economic security.
The CFMEU recognises that women have made gains in realising some basic rights, but that inequalities persist and continue to disadvantage women. This is evidenced by the fact that women, on average earn $1 million less than men over a lifetime.