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Hundreds of workers protest at Toyota demanding reinstatement of sacked employee
Fsedar.org - March 12, 2018
The protesters were demanding that Toyota reinstate Atika Nafitasari who was sacked after being injured in a work accident at PT. Nanbu Plastics Indonesia (PT NPI) in the MM2100 industrial area of Cibitung, Bekasi.
PT NPI is a tier 2 subcontracting company that supplies components to Toyota. According to Toyota's code of conduct it must ensure that its suppliers fulfill workers' rights and not discriminate.
The protesting workers also demanded that Atika and eight other contract workers be promoted to permanent employees in accordance with the 2003 labour law.
"We have come to Toyota because the under the concept of the supply chain, Toyota as the parent company, must take responsibility for what happens at its supplier companies. Toyota Global has a code of conduct. That is what we are demanding", said action public relations officer Sarinah.
According to Sarinah, the union plans to report the matter to Toyota's head office in Japan if it fails to fulfill its obligations. "We will ensure that Toyota Global and the owners of PT NPI in Japan, Nisshinbo, know about this issue", she asserted.
PT NPI Earth of Mankind Trade Union (SEBUMI) chairperson Faisal Al Rahmad said that Atika lost his finger in a press machine on September 26, 2016. At the time of the accident Atika did not have a Labour Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) card even though he had worked at the factory for eight months.
"We believe that the delay in getting an operation which was postponed by 19 hours after the accident is because of the company's negligence in providing a BPJS card. Because of the delay, Atika's finger could not be sown back on", said Faisal.
SEBUMI reported the issue to PT NPI and asked that Atika be promoted to a permanent employee but in negotiations on January 10 the company refused and instead sacked Atika on January 19.
"The company said they only consider the valuation. I'm just asking for my rights here. I'm just asking for justice here", said Atika who broke into tears during his speech.
Workers also reported the issue to the Karawang labour monitoring division on February 13. They also held a protest action in front of the Bekasi BPJS office on March 1. PT NPI meanwhile is still unwilling to meet the workers' demands.
[Slightly abridged translation by James Balowski for the Indoleft news service. The original title of the report was Korban Kecelakaan Kerja Dikenai PHK, Ratusan Buruh Berdemo di Toyota.]
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