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Date updated : 11-Nov-2015

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US Phillips Seafood brutal Indonesian crabmeat operation: workers hired, fired and outsourced by text message

Phillips Seafood, a US company with a chain of seafood restaurants on the US East Coast which also has outlets in airports and casinos and markets processed seafood products, relies on brutal exploitation and disposable jobs for their Indonesian crabmeat. Most of the production workers at the Phillips Seafood crabmeat factory in Lampung, Indonesia are women; 60 percent of these workers have no permanent jobs. They're on permanent standby, and never know when or if they will be called to work by text message. Earlier this year, 205 of these workers, many with 15 years of service, received the message that they were no longer needed at the factory. Most of the jobs were outsourced to 'mini plants': isolated, private homes in the forest where they work under the direct supervision of Phillips but for half or less than the meager daily piece wage they received for the same work at the factory on the days they were called to work.

Workers at the mini plants suffer constant cuts and open wounds from extracting crab meat by hand. Since the "mini plants" are illegal operations in the informal sector, the workers are not recognized as employees and have no insurance for work-related injuries. They are given medicinal alcohol to wash the cuts in their hands while working. Those suffering severe skin rashes and allergies are not called to work until the condition clears up.

The workers and their union are resisting this brutal treatment with the support of the IUF. They are demanding that the company reinstate the unfairly dismissed csual workers, end the outsourcing to the mini plants and return the work to the factory under acceptable health and safety conditions, and enter into good faith negotiations with the union on employment and sustainable jobs.


You can also send a message to Phillips Seafood through their website at http://www.phillipsseafood.com/contact-us - let them know you support the Lampung workers!