Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia takes disciplinary action against union president for informing members of their legal rights
On October 23, the IUF-affiliated federation of food and beverage workers,FSBMM, wrote to Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia management calling for the withdrawal of disciplinary action on the grounds that Sovi Fradina “shared the correct information on workers rights according to the applicable regulations and laws”. Management replied that the disciplinary action is in accordance with Coca-Cola Amatil Indonesia’s regulations where “every worker must maintain the company’s good reputation and maintain a harmonious atmosphere in the company”. In other words, information about their rights according to the law caused workers to reject the separation pay on offer, since the company was planning to pay less than their legal entitlements. This apparently disrupted the retrenchment program and harmed the company’s reputation.
The action against the president of an independent union for informing members of their legal rights follows the termination of union presidents Atra and Lutfi.