The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)
joins its partner the Federasi Serikat Pekerja Media Indonesia [Independent
Media Workers Union Federation] (FSPMI) in condemning the targeted sacking of
union activists by one of Indonesia’s largest media publishers.
The IFJ condemns the unilateral decision by the management
of PT Indonesia Finanindo Media, publisher of Indonesia Finance Today (IFT), to dismiss 13 of its employees on Monday
April 2, 2012.
It is alleged that IFT's union organizers and members were
specifically targeted for dismissal following the presenting of staff demands
to the company.
Staff demands included the return of salary reductions
carried out in February 2012, the payment of all outstanding workers’ social
security benefits which had been unpaid for over one year and the paying of
2011’s medical allowance arrears.
Prior to the announcement of the dismissals, the management
of PT Indonesia Finanindo Media is alleged to have intimidated IFT's workers to
pressure them to leave the union.
Such action is a clear breach of Article 28 of Indonesia’s Law
on Workers' Unions, which
guarantees all staff the right to exercise their freedom to join or organize
within a workers’ union, free from intimidation or dismissal. Article 5, Section 1 of the act also
provides general legal protection for workers who choose to join or organize a
union. Employers found in breach of these laws may be liable for penalties of
up to five years imprisonment or a fine of 500 million Indonesia Rupiah
(approximately USD 55,000).
The IFJ joins the FSPMI in:
- Condemning the unilateral action of PT Indonesia Finanindo Media in intimidating and dismissing members and organizers of IFT's workers' union. The IFJ considers such actions a direct attempt to undermine the workers' union, and as such is a direct breeach of Indonesia’s Law on Workers' Unions.
- Urging the Indonesia’s monitoring board of manpower to initiate charges against the management of PT Indonesia Finanindo Media for breaching the Law on Workers' Unions.
- Urging the management of PT Indonesia Finanindo Media to revoke the decision to unilaterally dismiss members and organizers of IFT's workers' union, and cease its intimidation of members and organizers of IFT's workers' union.
- Supporting members and organizers of IFT's workers' union in challenging various inequitable policies issued by PT Indonesia Finanindo Media following the unilateral dismissals.
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