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(en) Indonesia, Bandung, VICTORY FOR THE WORKERS!

From Desman Toro <front_anti_fasis@yahoo.com>
Date Wed, 8 Mar 2000 15:04:22 -0500

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Solidarity action from Front Anti Fasis (F.A.F) and
Persatuan Skinhead Anti Fasis (P.S.A.F) for workers
struggle on PT Matahari Sentosa I, Bandung, Indonesia.

PT Matahari Sentosa I is an export zipper factory at
Bandung, Indonesia. Like all factories in this
capitalistic world, the workers of the factory always
placed on the bad position. That's all what the
workers receive when they work in the PT Matahari
Sentosa I. Low wages, bad working condition, no
freedom to organize, military intervention, sexual
harrasment, and another problems. So, after all of it,
the workers choose to fight back, demand their basic

February 3rd, 2000 - February 9th, 2000 : 
The First Strike

About 300 workers from the factory organized a total
strike at the factory for over one week. Nobody
worked, and there was no production at all. On
February 8th, 350 workers went to DPRD I (a local
council) to ask the council to set up a meeting
between the factory owner, the workers and the council
themselves. The council promised that the meeting
would be held on Saturday, February 12th. Because
they're already knew that the council always lie to
them, the workers didn't believe what the council
said. So, they planned to organized a demonstration to
DPR / MPR (state parliamentary) in Jakarta.

February 10th, 2000 - February 12th, 2000 :
Complained To Parliamentary

At the time before the workers went to Jakarta, the
factory owner intimidated workers and threaten to sack
them who still continued the strike. But it didn't
make the workers gave up to the boss; around 350
workers went to Jakarta. When they went to Jakarta,
lot of anarchist, punks and redskins (from F.A.F. and
P.S.A.F.) joined them. We all went with 3 buses,
straight to DPR / MPR building. 
As soon as we arrived at the building, we were set up
speeches, spoke out our demands and asked to meet the
After around two hours waited outside, in front of the
building, the parliamentarians agreed to let us in. So
we all went inside.
We accepted by Komisi VI (a sub-parliamentarians from
some of political parties such as PDI-P, PKB, PPP and
the other were from SPSI --a right wing worker union
which legalized by the state and of course, they
always protect the boss interest). The parliamentary
agreed to set up a meeting, and the workers asked them
to called the factory boss, to come to Jakarta as soon
as possible. But, the boss who (of course) didn't want
the meeting happen, pushed back Komisi VI to held the
meeting on Monday. But, Komisi VI obeyed all the boss
interest. So, Komisi VI said that there were will be a
meeting on Monday, February 14th. The workers also
said that they want the meeting held in February 11th,
so we choosed to stay there. But the parliamentary
didn't give what the workers want. 
The workers conditions was really bad, some of them
was ill, lot of another was really tired after all of
the strike before. So we all chose to go back to
Bandung until Monday and continued the strike.
After we all arrived in Bandung, 300 workers came back
to DPRD I to asked what the council promised to us.
But the council didn't give what they promised before.
And they called a troop of military to bash us out
brutally. Received the violent actions, we chose to
left the scene and marched to one of the university.
At the university, we set up a spontaneous meeting to
plan when we organized the next action. In this
meeting, also build a new worker union named Serikat
Pekerja Buruh Matahari or S.P.B.M. (Matahari workers

February 14th, 2000 :
The parliamentary betrayed us (again).

Because a lot of us really tired and hard to found the
bus that would took us to Jakarta, only 70 workers who
still went to Jakarta and some of F.A.F. and P.S.A.F.
When we arrived in the DPR / MPR, we accepted again by
Komisi VI. And we met with the factory boss at the
meeting. After a long and boring time that we spent in
the meeting, the result was bad for us. The
parliamentary and the boss asked the workers to go
back to work or all of us will be sacked. The
parliamentary never stand on our side like what they
always do, ignore the people demands.
It was the worst story for us. Some of the women
collapsed because of tired and the deep disappointed.
When the parliamentarians seen the collapse women,
they still didn't do anything to help. They let us
alone there and asked us to left the building or the
military forces will kick us out. So, we left the
building along with our collapsed comrades.
Tired, disappointed and really angry, at bus, we
planned to occupy the factory on the next day until we
reached out our demands.

February 15th, 2000 :
The Occupied

As soon as we arrived in Bandung, we started to
organized the occupy action. We called our comrades as
much as we can to join our action that will start in
the morning.
On the morning, over 500 workers along with more
anarchist, punks and redskins from F.A.F. and P.S.A.F.
occupied the factory since 5.00 AM. 
Several punks and redskins closed the factory's front
door and stayed there to prepare if the military
forces would attack us. They invited everyone who
passed by to join the occupy and show some solidarity.
A lot of leaflets about our demands handing out around
the factory and more and more people join the action.
A lot of speeches and political educations were set up
on the factory. We all sang together, set up
discussions, shared our activities, our culture, our
ideas, our vision, and our ideologies.
11.00 AM, a truck full of heavy armed military troops
came down and surrounded the factory along with a lot
of plain-clothes military agents. They also hired a
lot of thugs to attack us. We tried so hard to defend
the action. 
Until the night, we still have to defend from the
hired thugs and the plain-clothes military agents who
tried to go inside.

February 16th, 2000 :
At Last, The Victory!

On the morning, the boss came to our guards and asked
us if he can came inside. We let him in.
He told us that he agreed to set up a discussion with
the workers. So, we chose 15 workers as our
representatives to talk about our demands. The
discussion set up in the small room inside the
factory, and some of the heavy armed military troops
surrounded the room.
During the discussion, we received more brutally
intimidation from the hired thugs. They tried to
attack us harder than yesterday. Some of us who
doesn't look like a worker (i.e. punks) said if we
didn't leave the factory, they would arrest us and
label us as a provocateur. We didn't want to leave the
factory, this was a worker's struggle, a people
struggle, and this all was one struggle. No
differences between labor, punk, peasant, redskin, or
any other profession, as long as we received same
oppression, we all should fight as a same team. So,
nobody left the factory.
On the defend line, a woman attacked by a hired thug
with his motorcycles. The thug kicked her once, but
one of our guards saved her before the thug attacked
her again.
Several hours later, the boss and our 15 comrades came
out from the discussion room. And one of our comrades
called us all to listen the final result. He read out
the result loudly and we all greeted it with a song, a
revolutionary worker struggle song.
After we cheered each other, happy, we celebrated it
with a spontaneous march along the streets. We spread
out the victory to everyone we met on the street.
We marched until the night came down. We were all
tired, a lot of us got hurt, but at last we were all
happy, we were win this battle.
Our victory was just a small victory. We still have to
fight the system that oppressed us day by day. We can
win, only if we stand together, hand in hand, to fight
back and take back our life.
Solidarity is our strength. Workers unite can never be

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