More than 700 members of Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia (FSPMI) went on strike at Toshiba Consumer Products in Indonesia in April after the company refused to recognise the collective agreement signed by the union and management.
Toshiba management then announced a lock-out, and the termination of the contracts of the workers, of which 15 of them were elected trade union leaders at the plant, despite recommendations from Indonesian government representatives.
One of the workers dismissed is Agni Dhamayanti, Vice President of the FPSMI and also recently elected to join Julius Roe as a representative on the Executive of the International Metalworkers Federation representing the Asian region.
The workers urgently need financial support. They have been without any income since they went on strike in early April. The AMWU urges all officials and activists to donate and help the Toshiba workers in Indonesia using the secure paypal system via the web link here, or send donations to the AMWU office which we will then forward on to help our comrades in Indonesia.
You can also pledge your support by sending a protest letter. There are two draft protest letters which you can personalise, details below. Please alter it as you wish and send attached copies to Julius Roe firstname.lastname@example.org Jyrki Raina JRaina@imfmetal.org and Aghni Dhamayanti FSPMI email@example.com
Internationally, support has been gathering since May with the IMF Congress unanimously adopting a resolution in support of the workers.
Efforts to find a negotiated solution to the conflict have intensified, with strong input from IMF’s Japanese affiliated IMF-JC, as well as the Japanese Electrical, Electronic and Information Union (JEIU) and the Toshiba Workers’ Union in Japan.
However, two court cases are pending against the FSPMI, and as Indonesia is a country where labour laws are bad for unions, other action has been undertaken to achieve a result. Toshiba is not well unionised outside Japan and Indonesia.
Please contribute to this important struggle. To learn more about how Indonesian unions are organising workers in export processing zones, please check the film Union Roadshow on IMF’s section on YouTube at this address.
Protest letter templates:
Letter to the Minister of Labour Erman Suparno
Letter to Managing Director of Toshiba