Support the Striking workers of NBC in Indonesia
19 March 2012. Workers of NBC Indonesia, members of worker Union of PT NBC Indonesia held on strike. They are worker union that affiliated to the Federation of People Workers Union, West Java and nationally affiliated to the National Union Confederation (KSN).
The strike held in the location of factory due to the rejection from the management to conduct negotiation with the union related to the demand on wages for the workers. The workers demand the company to pay their wage together with the years-of-service appreciation (gratuity) for those who have been working in the factory since 15 years ago. The Union demand the company to pay Rp. 17. 500 (US$ 1.90) for every year of service of the workers. Today, the strike has been started and the management has refused to continue the negotiation. Beside demand on wages, workers also witness some accumullation on problems, e.g.: uncertain employment status (contract-based with no limit of time), no menstruation leave, transportation allowance, etc.
It was also triggered by the fact that the President Director, Mr. Khosi Watanabe has been acting arrogantly toward the workers by showing disrespectful treatment. As an expatriate, Watanabe has shown negative attitude / misbehaviour toward culture, tadition, and labour law in Indonesia. Though demand on proper wage is the main demand of the workers, the arrogance shown by Watanabe has also triggered the strike.
NBC Indonesia, is a Japanese Company located in the Industrial Area of KIIC Karawang, Indonesia and produce screen mesh for screen printing of electronic PCB and filter of automotive. Therefore, KSN calls for support and petition to help the strike held by the workers of NBC Indonesia. Detailed information related to the NBC can also be accessed through their web site : www.nbc-jp.com
Secretary-General of National Union Confederation (KSN), Indonesia
Mr. Akhio Isuzuka
Owner of PT. NBC Indonesia
2-50-3 Toyoda Hino –
Tokyo 191-0053 Japan
We just received information on the strike held by workers of NBC Indonesia addressed at Jl. Maligi I Lot A9-10, Industrial Area KIIC karawang, West Java, Indonesia started Monday March 19, 2012. The strike was triggered by the dead-lock on the wage negotiation process where the workers demand the company to pay their wage together with the years-of-service appreciation (gratuity) for those who have been working in the company since 15 years ago. The Worker Union demand the management to pay the years-of-appreciation (gratuity) in nominal value of Rp.17. 500 (US$ 1.90) per year.
In addition, the strike was also triggered by the attitude of the President Director of NBC Indonesia, Mr. Khosi Watanabe, who has been acting arrogantly toward the workers by showing disrespectful behaviour and negative attitude toward local culture, tradition, as well as labour law in Indonesia. As a corparate leader and foreigner, Mr. Watanabe should act professionally and understand his position not to interfere or disobey the law in Indonesia.
Thus, through this Petition, we urge you to:
1. take over the control on NBC Indonesia and settle the disputes immediately in accordance to the law in Indonesia
2. respect labour rights, and give the Indonesian workers’ rights as they demand
The prolonged disputes on this issue will only create unconducive situation and result in the bad image of the company in the eyes of Indonesian Government, communities, consumers, and the international public.
We will keep watching the progress of this case and continue our support to the striking Indonesian workers. We are looking forward to your positive response.