The following attachment is the report of AMRC workshop in Indonesia on organizing contract workers. The main objective of the workshop was to structure all organizing experiences into a training manual.
The Labour Working Group (LWG) is an education association established by a number of labour activists and a labour union federation. LWG has been running union education since 1995 but only since 22 March 2002 has LWG become an officially registered organisation certified by the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Republic of Indonesia, Number C-530.HT.03.01-2002.
The relationship between companies and their workers, even now in Indonesia, is an unfair economic reality. Low wages, lack of social security, long working hours, as well as companies implementing inhumane practices are all problems that continue to arise in this relationship. It is because of this that a working class movement is a must, to strive for our rights and benefits as companies will never be kind enough to give these themselves; rather workers must struggle to attain them.
This book is more than a review of labour law, it is the only comprehensive review available of labour law in the Asia Pacific region. It investigates the impact of labour law on workers in 30 countries. It analyses trade union and labour activists’ responses to changes in labour law, and examines what labour law means for workers’ daily lives. Each chapter representing a country can be downloaded country wise for download below.
Union members at posh 5-star Shangri-La Jakarta Hotel have been locked out since December 2000 for protesting over the illegal dismissal of their SPMS union president. All these innocent workers want is to return to work with union recognition by the company. (See ALUs 37 and 38 for details)
This report presents the first systematic public analysis of the code of conduct monitoring methods employed by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to inspect factory labour practices around the world. The author accompanied PwC auditors on factory inspections in China and Korea, and evaluated PwC's findings for a factory in Indonesia.
The livelihoods and conditions of factory workers in Indonesia are constantly undermined. There is never any improvement in working conditions despite repeated attempts by the workers in accordance with existing laws embodied in International Labour Organisation (ILO) Conventions which are designed to protect workers.
Owners have created codes of conduct (CoCo) - a new type of regulation for workers in the garment and shoe sectors. However CoCos have not resulted in any real changes in working conditions of the workers.
The government's labour policy is determined by an economic system that places capitalist growth above all. This enables the capitalist system to continually reproduce itself because capitalist growth requires state protection, which the state provides through legal and political systems. The state thus presents itself as the guarantor of economic growth as well as the guardian and key player in the economy.