Workers fighting for their rights at Indonesia's Great Giant Pineapple need your support

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Four years after instant factory closure, workers are still fighting for their rights at Indonesia's Great Giant Pineapple

In May 2016, the agrofood conglomerate Gunung Sewu Group announced the immediate closure of its tapioca-based starch factory in Lampung, Indonesia, with no prior notice and without any negotiations with the union, SBMUJA. Four years on, Gunung Sewu still refuses to negotiate with the union to remedy these violations of fundamental rights: the withdrawal of union recognition and the workers' right to freedom of association which accompanied the overnight closure.

In response to the union’s ongoing campaign for negotiation and recognition of their rights, the company is now vindictively demanding that workers repay outstanding loans to the company, despite the fact that when the factory closed Umas Jaya Agrotama did not pay their final month’s salary! Many workers occasionally relied for survival on soft loans from the company due to the low wages.

Umas Jaya Agrotama is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Gunung Sewu Group's Great Giant Pineapple. Great Giant Pineapple is one of the world's largest pineapple producers, whose canned products are exported worldwide. Despite its international reputation and its claim to be working for "individual and collective empowerment" ("That's why we still have employees who have been with us for 20 and 30 years"), Gunung Sewu Group ruined the lives of hundreds of families in a rural community in Lampung when it ordered the immediate closure of the factory. The casual workers on precarious contracts exploited for years were abruptly terminated and tossed on the scrapheap.
With the support of the IUF, SBMUJA continues to fight for their rights. r34 r35 r18