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(en) Strike at LBH Jakarta

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Date Wed, 22 Jul 1998 16:33:53 +0100
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200 strikers stay at LBH Jakarta
Business - July 22, 1998

Jakarta -- Since yesterday night, around 200 PT
Mayora Indah women workers have been staying at the
Jakarta Indonesian Legal Aid Offices (LBH) because
they are afraid of intimidation and other acts of
terror following a clash at the company last week.

A staff member from the labour division of Jakarta
LBH, Yuana Berliyanty, explained that since the
clash occurred, hundreds of women workers have been
gripped by fear because they were threatened by
company "hired thugs" and workers who did not
support them over a strike action on July 15-16.

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"Because of this, since yesterday night they have
slept over at the Jakarta LBH offices because they
feel threatened", Yuana said yesterday.

Workers who were against the action and strike
attacked their 600 friends who were demanding wage
increases and workers rights, said Yuana. A physical
clash could not be avoided when the "hired-thugs"
and pro-company workers tried to prevent the
workers' action.

According to Yuana, who quoted one of the women
workers, the physical confrontation did not get out
of hand because of the timely intervention of the
local police and Tangerang military. "But the women
workers were threatened with the sack and violence
if they continued with the strike", said Romlah, the
coordinator of the women workers who requested legal
protection from Jakarta LBH. This was despite the
fact that the action was peaceful and workers only
shouted demands which called for improvements in
working conditions.

Yuana explained that since yesterday, LBH Jakarta
had not been able to hold talks with the Mayora
Indah management because they did not yet have an
agreement to mediate. The women workers and those
who held the strike felt concerned if the mediation
was held at the factory or the company head offices.
"They are still traumatized by the physical
confrontation".

[Translated by James Balowski, ASIET Publications
and Information Officer]


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