The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
joins its affiliate the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) in condemning
the ongoing anti-union activities of Jakarta-based TV station, Metro TV.
As noted in a previous IFJ statement, Metro TV sacked Indonesia journalist Luviana in February 2012,
despite her 10 years of work for the TV station, in apparent response to her
attempts to establish a workers’ union.
While the case has not yet been subjected to an
enforcement power of settlement, Metro TV has not paid Luviana since June 27, in
conflict with Indonesia’s Governmental
Regulation No. 8/1981on Salary
Protection, of which Article 2 states: "The
right to receive salaries is valid during employment relations and will be
ended as the connection is terminated." Under such regulations, companies
are bound to pay an employee until a severance decision with an enforcement
power of settlement is issued.
Luviana was known to have frequently questioned discriminatory
and impalpable policies made by Metro TV’s newsroom which resulted in the
management of Metro TV moving her to a non-editorial position without giving any
clear reason. Prior to being sacked, Luviana was preparing the establishment of
a workers union at Metro TV.
The IFJ-AP joins AJI in questioning the grounds for
Metro TV’s termintation of Luviana’s employment and believe that the measures
taken against Luviana were a deliberate attempt at curbing freedom of speech
and assembly in the workplace.
The IFJ-AP Director Jacqueline Park has called on
Metro TV to meet AJI’s demands, as follows:
1. That the management
of Metro TV annul the severance decision regarding Luviana and return her to
her position as a news producer at Metro TV.
2. That the management
of Metro TV resolve their employment issue in line with Indonesia’s labour laws,
including paying Luviana's wages that have been unpaid as of June of 2012.
3. That the management
of Metro TV allow Luviana to gather with her co-workers and form a workers’
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