IUF World Congress highlights struggle for independent unions at Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia

The 27th IUF World Congress expressed unanimous support for Indonesian members at Coca-Cola Amatil, the Coca-Cola bottler headquartered in Australia, in their fight against repression of their fundamental rights.

Management at Coca-Cola Amatil's Indonesian subsidiary is systematically victimizing the elected leaders of independent unions that workers have freely chosen to form. In Cibitung, management unjustifiably dismissed newly elected first union president Atra Narwanto and used the notorious Indonesian legal system to overturn the local Labour Office's recommendation for his immediate reinstatement.

Management has since insisted on excluding Atra from union/management meetings despite the fact that he remains the elected chairman of the union. Management at Bawen reacted to the formation and legal registration of a new union in February 2016 by summarily transferring the elected president to a new workplace several hundred kilometers away and when he refused initially terminated his employment.

A far more global phase in this fundamental struggle for rights in Indonesia was welcomed at the IUF's 27th World Congress that ended on September 1, 2017. The IUF pledged to support the campaign until Coca-Cola Amatil agrees to remedy these abuses of independent union leaders' and Indonesian Amatil workers' rights. Congress delegates posed for a group photo with t-shirts read "We are Atra and Lutfi".