Friday, October 9, 2015
Union-busting at Honda's Indonesian subsidiary: Workers call for international support and solidarity
Many of the workers who organized SERBUK HPM have been working at PT HPM since 1999. Upon starting the work at PT HPM, they were obliged to join SPSI LEM PT HPM, a chapter of LEM, a federation of unions in metals, electronics and manufacturing industries, without being confirmed of their willingness. Dues were deducted from monthly salaries. After failed attempts of reforming SPSI LEM PT HPM from within, the workers formed SERBUK HPM this year. The members of SERBUK HPM are those who submitted filled application forms that also indicate their willingness to voluntarily leave SPSI LEM PT HPM.In a statement sent to the Labornet Japan, they are asking for support and solidarity in pressurizing PT HPM to respect the workers' right to freedom of association, recognize the rights of SERBUK HPM as a labor union and to revoke the suspension and reassignment orders given to union leaders.
(Based on a document prepared by Executive Committee of Federation of Serikat Buruh Kerakyatan, received and translated into Japanese by the international department, Labornet Japan. The e-mail address of SERBUK HPM: firstname.lastname@example.org)
* Photo: Workers of PT Honda Prospect Motor who established a new labor union, SERBUK HPM