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Indonesia: IUF puts Grand Aquila Hotel on watchlist for union busting

Posted to the IUF website 28-Aug-2009

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The IUF has added the Grand Aquila Hotel in Bandung, Indonesia to its' Global Hotel Monitor List, which provide advice for travellers and the tourism industry
on union disputes in hotels around the world.

Since October 2008 137 workers (including the unionís office bearers) have
been protesting their dismissal for exercising their right to freedom of
association.

When the workers told management that they had formed a union at the hotel, the General Manager called first the unionís nine office bearers to his office in groups and dismissed them on the spot. He offered no explanation but simply demanded they leave. Without even a dismissal letter, the General Manager had Security personnel marched the union leaders out of the hotel. 128
members of the union were also subsequently dismissed. The workers have received no wages or medical insurance since this time. One of the union members who was unable to afford proper medical treatment tragically passed away in June this year.

Despite a recommendation from the local Manpower office to reinstate the
workers, management refuses to give their jobs back , blatantly
flouting Indonesian Labour law and freedom of association .

The workers set up a permanent protest outside the hotel , from which
they were forcibly removed by city representatives last week. There is also
a solidarity cafe next to the hotel, which the workers are running to help
support their struggle.

FSPM is determined not to allow such a flagrant flouting of the law to go
unchallenged. The commitment to uphold freedom of association is an
important part of any societyís commitment to democracy. If a government
does not protect and uphold the rights of those who exercise their freedom
of association then democracy itself is undermined.

To send a message of solidarity to the workers, please contact the
the IUF Indonesia office hemasari@iuf.org