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Union negotiation wins benefits for mothers

17 February, 2023On 14 February, Indonesia’s Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mining, Oil and Gas Workers’ Union (FSP KEP) received facilities for mothers, after a 5-year long negotiation with PT Garudafood Putra Putri Jaya Tbk (Garudafood). Now 700 women workers can enjoy new facilities like a lactation room, breast feeding facility, childcare centre, and special allowance.

These workers were organized by FSP KEP under their general industry sector. IndustriALL and Union-to-Union provided them with union building training, which allowed them to include the lactation room in the latest collective agreement.

“We thank IndustriALL, Mondiaal FNV and Union-to-Union project training and campaign activities. We were able to develop our demands and negotiate with employers for improved facilities at the workplace especially for women,”

says, Mbajeng Hersan Utami, president of Garudafood Putra Putri Jaya union.

The union building project works with IndustriALL affiliates in Indonesia from different industry sectors, to strengthen and improve collective bargaining and social dialogue. The training focuses on safety and health, maternity protection, trade union rights and others. 

“These project activities have developed a basic understanding on union rights and interests at the workplace. It assists in negotiations and implementation of the collective bargaining agreement by using international labour standards and good labour law as tools for better workplaces.”

says Indah Saptorini, IndustriALL Indonesia project coordinator.

“This is a great achievement that the union was able to obtain by tirelessly negotiating with the company and gathering support of its members. I would like to express our gratitude to Union-to-Union and FNV who supported the project. We hope that the project activities continue to achieve great results not only in Indonesia, but also in other affiliates in other countries,”

said Shinya Iwai, IndustriALL regional secretary for South East Asia.

In November, last year, the Indonesian Ministry of Health awarded Garudafood for its contribution in overcoming the health crisis and strengthening health services by promoting women’s reproductive health.