Leading fast food chain in Indonesia escalates repression against workers demanding basic rights
Champ Resto Indonesia, one of Indonesia's leading fast food chains, is escalating its aggression against workers and their union, who are demanding respect for basic rights. Last November, a Champ Resto worker's new-born baby died when the child was refused essential hospital care. Only then did workers become aware that they were not registered in the government health insurance program for employees and their families.
The father of the new-born child, who had worked at Champ Resto for fourteen years, was fired for missing 5 days' work while the family mourned the death of their child. When members of the national hotel and restaurant workers' federation FSPM demonstrated in Bandung in July to demand that Champ Resto register all employees for family medical coverage in accordance with government regulations, 83 workers were immediately dismissed.
Management refuses reinstatement and has responded to union protests by further pressuring union members. Fourteen workers active in the union were transferred from Bandung to Jakarta - a distance of over 100 kilometers and 3 hours' travel. Without accommodation and separated from their families, 12 of the 14 resigned.
The union continues to hold weekly demonstrations to demand reinstatement of the dismissed workers, full respect for trade union rights and the inclusion of all company workers and their families in the government health insurance scheme.
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