Multa Fidrus |TBJ | Democracy | Tangerang, Banten
Hundreds of workers of PT Panarub Dwikarya who were dismissed by the company staged a protest outside the company’s compound in Tangerang on Thursday.
The workers, all women, demanded the company rehire them or give them severance pay and health insurance.
“All we are demanding is our rights as regulated in the Manpower Law,” Muryanti, coordinator of the protest said. Muryanti is a member of the Union of Garment, Textile and Shoes Workers, which is under the umbrella of the Indonesian Labor Association Movement (GSBI).
In 2012, about 1,300 workers from Panarub staged a protest to demand better working conditions and workers’ welfare, Muryanti said. The company responded by giving the workers the option of voluntary resignation with severance pay of Rp 1.6 million (US$133). Those who refused to resign still lost their jobs but did not receive the severance, Muryanti said.
Kokom, the coordinator of the union, said most of the dismissed workers were now unemployed and protest every Thursday until the company fulfilled their demands.
Panarub could not be reached for comment.