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KBS Reported Some Labors’ Cases to Vice Minister of Labor

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KBS Reported Some Labors’ Cases to Vice Minister of Labor

InfoSAWIT, JAKARTA – By the late July 2022, Koalisi Buruh Bersama (KBS) met Vice Minister of Labor Indonesian Republic, Afriansyah Noor in the office Ministry of Labor to report some labors’ issues in palm oil plantations.

Until now palm oil industries still become the main source of exchange for the economy in Indonesia, which reached up to Rp 430 billion in 2021. But the numbers and profits of many palm oil plantation companies are not equal to what the government should protect to get the good work condition. KBS found out, many labors’ cases indicate exploitations, such as, small amount of salary, vulnerable work status, minimal work safety regulation, the violation of labors’ health protection which should be regulated in social insurance protection.

Coordinator of KBS, Hotler Parsaoran said, Ministry of Labor should seriously pay attention to palm oil plantation labor issues. Freelancer labor is the main issue in palm oil plantation. The female labors are the first and biggest victims from the freelancer – labor scheme.

“We also knew, many labors reported that they need special attention to be followed up. KBS got the report about independent union suppression and companies not registering their workers (labors) in Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial Tenaga Kerja (BPJS TK),” he said, as in the official statement InfoSAWIT Friday (5/8/202).

Meanwhile, Suhib Nurido from Serikat Buruh Perkebunan Indonesia (Serbundo) told the assumption case of union busting by palm oil plantation company, PT. Gerbang Sawit Indah in Rokan Hulu, Riau Province. “The coordinator(s) of Serbundo was transferred and not working anymore after he established a union. This case was reported to Riau Police and the institution replied to ask for a lead from Ministry of Labor,” Suhib said.

Serbundo also told the normative rights violation at PT. Perkasa Inti sawit II in Rokan Hulu, Riau Province; work accident which had no compensation at PT. Cahaya Pelita Andika in Central Tapanuli, North Sumatera Province, and the lack of allowance day at PT. London Sumatra Indonesia in Kutai Barat, East Kalimantan Province.

Hasan from Federasi Serikat Pekerja Perkebunan (FSP Bun) at Rajawali EHP reported the case at PT EHP Rajawali in South Kalimantan where the company did not register its labors in BPJS TK. “Of the total 1.687 labors, 1.100 freelancers are not registered. Besides, other hundreds should get cut dues but they are not paid still. This is a loss for them. If they got sick, they had to pay their own medical costs which burdened them for having small numbers of salary,” he said.

Dionisius from Serikat Buruh Kerja (SBK) West Kalimantan reported, the companies always treat independent labor union as what they want. This breaks the industrial relation between labors’ union and the stakeholders as what SBK West Kalimantan bore at PT Mitra Aneka Rezeki in Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan Province.

Afriansyah Noor was with the Coordinator in Industrial Relation, Sumondang and Sub – coordinator in Labor Organization, and others claimed to do what it takes that the cases should be followed up. “The ministry would follow up the reported cases with terms and condition, the data and valid documents are complete,” Afriansyah Noor said. (T2)