Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Kalbe Farma Labour Strike

Press Release

The Right to Strike Violated by the Intervention and Repressive Actions of the Police


The right to strike is a fundamental right which is regulated and protected by law. The laws which regulate labour strikes are as follows:

Law 13/2003 Article 137: “Labour strikes are a fundamental right of workers and trade unions...”

Law 13/2003 Article 143:
 Section (1): “No one has the right to obstruct workers and trade unions that exercise the right to strike in a legal, orderly and peaceful way.”
Section (2): “No one has the right to arrest and/or restrain a worker or a leader of a trade union who is conducting a labour strike in a legal, orderly and peaceful way in accordance with the laws and regulations which are in operation.”

Law 13/2003 Article 185:
Section (1): “Whoever breaches the following articles: Article 42 section (1) and (2), Article 68, Article 69 Section (2), Article 80, Article 82, Article 90 Section (1), Article 139, Article 143, and Article 160 Section (4) and Section (7), will be liable to a criminal sanction of a least 1 (one) year and at most 4 (four) years and/or a fine of at least Rp100,000,000 (one hundred million rupiah) and at most Rp400,000,000 (four hundred million rupiah).”
Section (2): “The criminal behaviour as described in section (1) is a criminal offence.”


Since 12 September 2013 hundreds of workers from PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, Cikarang have been holding a labour strike. The company and the Labour Agency were officially advised of the strike by the workers as required by law.

The workers of PT Kalbe Farma demanded negotiation on the following points:
1.       The wage increase for 2013 which was agreed unilaterally without negotiation with the workers
2.       Abolition of the outsourcing system
3.       Abolition of the flexible work system
4.       Abolition of discrimination in the payment of transport money
5.       Abolition of discrimination in the payment of shift 3 money between permanent workers and contract workers
6.       The construction of a mosque as a means of fulfilling the religious obligations of the workers

The labour strike which started at 8:00 on that day was orderly and peaceful when suddenly the Police of Kabupaten Bekasi Resort intervened. They interfered with the negotiations inside the meeting room and intimidated the workers outside. The police did not respect Perkap No 1 Year 2005, which in essence states “in an industrial dispute the Police must be within a distance of 25 meters and must not be involved directly in the industrial relations dispute.”

However, what happened on that day at PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, Cikarang was that the Kapolres, Kabagops as well as members of the Metro Bekasi Police arrived and directly led brutal actions against the workers. The police even went as far as trying to force the union to sign the negotiation agreement, but the workers refused to sign. The workers demands were not met, but instead the workers of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk were intimidated and repressed.

At 22:00 the participants of the strike were repressed by the police. Hundreds of police who had been inside PT Kalbe Farma Tbk pushed the workers and forcibly broke up the strike. There were only about 40 people in front of the main gate at this time but many of them were injured in this incident. Not only that, but dozens of motorbikes were also kicked and damaged by the police.

As a form of protest, hundreds of workers went to the Bekasi Resort Police Station to ask for responsibility to be taken for this action, however the workers were shot with tear gas and one worker was arrested.


The strike which was organised by the workers of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk continued, because there was not one demand which was fulfilled by the company. The negotiations at PT Kalbe Farma Central Office in Cempaka Putih on 19 September 2013 were only able to reach agreement on a promise. The company promised to meet the workers demands in a maximum of 7 (seven) working days. On the seventh day, as promised by the company, on 26 September 2013, a negotiation was held between the management of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk with trade union leaders at the Zurry Express Hotel in Lippo Cikarang. The negotiation which started at 14:00 and continued to 18:00 did not achieve anything. The company not only broke their promise in failing to meet all of the demands as agreed within 7 (seven) days and in fact they did not agree to any of the workers demands.

Meanwhile, as the tense negotiations continued without result, in the area in front of the factory of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk, the police again showed their arrogance and brutality by breaking up the striking workers. At 19:00, workers who were just finishing their evening prayers outside the factory were dispersed by the Police.

The strike was broken up in a very inhumane way. Only one opportunity to disperse was given and then certain workers were pulled, dragged, kicked, tortured, abused, stripped naked and burned with cigarettes and subjected to other inappropriate actions. These things happened to a Branch Leader of SPAI FSPMI Bekasi, Mr M. Nurfahroji and two fellow workers who are named Mr Irwan and Mr Sopiyan Hadi. Unlike the others who were pushed back and dispersed, these three were dragged inside the factory of PT Kalbe Farma Tbk and were abused by members of the police force.

The striking workers were not quiet at the main gate. They all sat down, recited prayers and demanded that their fellow workers should be freed, while they faced the increasing threat of being dispersed by hundreds of police directly led by the Kapolres and the Kabagops of Kabupaten Bekasi. The police prepared a water cannon and shields as if in preparation for a war with the workers. The situation became worse during the night and there were only two choices for the workers; restrain themselves and be patient in order to win their struggle, or fight back against the brutal actions of the police.

Obon Tabroni, Bekasi labour leader, arrived at the location that night and created a conducive situation, by giving the Police two choices; they could either peacefully free the three workers who were being held or the union would instruct workers at all factories to stop production and conduct an area-wide strike. The police finally released the three victims and the three of them, covered in injuries, were taken by their fellow workers to the Hosana Medika Hospital.


On 27 September 2013 the three victims reported the brutal actions of the Police of Bekasi Resort to the Metro Jaya Police Command accompanied by lawyers from FSPMI and Jakarta Legal Aid. In their report, the victims described the criminal actions of abuse, bashings, theft and the criminal action of breaking up a labour strike (Report Number LP. TBL/3395/IX/2013/PMJ/DitReskrimum). The victims also reported to the Propam of Metro Jaya Police about the actions of breaking up a strike which was in breach of the law (Report Number: STPL /88/IX/2013/Yanduan). The two reports are against: Kompol YS Muryono (Kabagops Polresta Kab.Bekasi) and members of the police force (under investigation), while the person making the report is Mr M. Nurfahroji.

Jakarta, 3 October 2013
Nyumarno, LBH FSPMI

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

5 September Indonesian Workers Hold massive demonstrations in Jakarta

5 September Indonesian Workers massive demonstrations in Jakarta

Based on the information press releases Indonesian Trade Union Confederation ( KSPI ) & Social Security Action Committee ( KAJS ) around 30:00 laborers from Purwakarta + Jabodetabek will take action related to social security and war against low wages at the State Palace .

The main issue in the action this time is the issue of wages which the government support by black entrepreneurs issued a policy called " Cheap Wages "

According to plan it would start from 09:am indonesian time until 16:00pm .

The workers will gather around Bundaran Indonesia before the march to the State Palace.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

FSPMI rallies on Wednesday, August 28

Here we would like to plan activities FSPMI rallies on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.

1. Constitutional Court building in Jakarta

Day / Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, At 10:00 pm s / d completed

Agenda: "The Government and the House of Representatives Hearing Answers related to Judicial Review Act 13 in 2013 By Consulate Branch FSPMI Pasuruan"

Participants: ± 150 (min 2
Members SPA FSPMI)

2. PHI building Bandung

Day / Date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, At 09:00 pm s / d completed

Agenda: "The case PUK Spee FSPMI Sucaco"

Participants: ± 100 (min 2 Members SPA FSPMI PUK Representative District / town Bekasi)

Gather point: House Labor EJIP / Rumah Buruh

Indonesian 2014 Minimum Wage War begin

Indonesian 2014 Minimum Wage

Indonesian workers reiterated below the minimum wage in 2014 had increased by 50%. The increase in pay to answer the impact of rising fuel prices have resulted in the purchasing power dropped by 30%. Not to mention that due to inflation, which is believed to be relatively high this year. 

"Indonesia's economic growth is also being improved, it has become a natural thing if wages rise 50 percent next year," said President FSPMI / KSPI Said Iqbal in Organizational Consolidation Meeting agenda FSPMI today.

"We have to go all out to fight for wages. Because wages are the only reward for labor. Consolation for weary workers after a month working hard on these companies, "he said.

To fight for the demands of the 50% wage increase, FSPMI together with other unions preparing a large-scale action throughout Indonesia. "Therefore the consolidation meeting us this time very seriously and has significance," said Iqbal.

Indonesian workers will form an alliance in the industrial areas. Included will reactivate Social Security Action Committee (KAJS). "

"We're going to move back. Do not just stop in the discussions in this room. The only way to ensure wages rose 50 per cent is with massive action throughout Indonesia, "said Iqbal

Monday, May 20, 2013

demonstration schedule 22 May 2013

Hundreds of workers from the Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union will hold rallies on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 with an action agenda refusing bankruptcy PT Kepsonik Indonesia.

Demonstrations Location:

1. Office of the Embassy of Korea (09:00 s / d 11:00 pm)

2. Office of the Supreme Court (11.00 s / d 12.00 pm)

3. PN. Central Jakarta (12.00 s / d complete)

foto by : iip

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

FSPMI demonstration schedule On April & May 2013

FSPMI demonstration schedule On April & May 2013

- 10 April 2013 in eight major cities (Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya, Batam, Medan, etc.) around 10-20 thousand workers. The center of the action is the National Palace and the Finance Minister's office.

- 1 May 2013 (May Day)
4 million workers across Indonesia

- End of May 2013 the National Strike Action conduct by Outsorse workers of state-owned enterprises 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cervical Cancer Seminar for Female Workers

Cervical Cancer Seminar for Female Workers

Who says the union or the workers could only demo demo demo and it??
A lot of positive things that can and has been done by the union to improve the welfare and protection of workers escaped from the news.

Amid the government's neglect of its citizens, amid corporate indifference to the health of employees, unions often present to fill that role.

As performed by the enterprise level unions (PUK) in EJIP an industrial area. They held a seminar on cervical cancer disease on Saturday, March 16, 2013.

In collaboration with a hospital that is around the industrial area, the seminar was attended by around 40 participants / working women included participants from Karawang  and Purwakarta.

According to the organizing committee of this activity, Ms.Heri  seminar is important to raise awareness and concern for the workers, especially women to the dangers of cervical cancer.

In this seminar, the women are expected to be "aware" of
maintaining their health in the middle of busy  achieve the production target.

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