We support the PDK workers in Indonesia!

June 13, 2017

To the struggle of PT. Panarub Dwikarya (PDK) workers (SBGTS-GSBI)

Through Harry Sandy Ame and Rudi Hartono B. Daman (Secretariat and Chairperson respectively of the International League of People Struggle – Indonesia)

The ILPS-Philippines together with its affiliate, the KMU (Kilusang Mayo Uno, May First Movement, fully supports the heroic struggle of PT. Panarub Dwikarya (PDK) workers of the Garment Textile and Shoes Workers Union (SBGTS-GSBI) through their national organization board (DPP.GSBI).

We call on our class brothers and sisters and all oppressed peoples to fight with the PDK workers against the combined brutal collusion and machinations of the monopoly capitalists, the ILO, and the Indonesian government to exploit and oppress workers.

The fight for 1,300 workers unjustly dismissed in July 2012 by the company PT. Panarub Dwikarya (PT PDK) proves the necessity of the workers’ militant collective struggle not only in the factory level economic and trade union struggle but to direct it against imperialism and reaction.

Nine leaders of SBGTS-GSBSI were unjustly dismissed on July 12, 2012 by the PDK when they were about to hold the general forum and declare their union. The company hires as many as 2,000 workers mostly women. It implements the contractual and outsourced work system with poor working conditions.

Among the various brands of shoes that the company produces are the big sports brands “Adidas” and “Mizuno”. One is German and the other Japanese. Both are now U.S. allies, both are involved in imperialist wars, militarism and outright fascist attacks on workers and peoples.

The unjust sacking of the leaders led to a five-day strike of all 2,000 workers. The Indonesian government used military and paramilitary forces to break the strike. The company fired 1,300 workers. The remaining 700 workers were re-hired but forced to sign a statement declaring that: 1). They will not participate in any strike again, 2). They are out from the organization (SBGTS-GSBI), and 3). They were only forced to go on strike by the chairperson of SBGTS-GSBI (Kokom Komalawati). Hence, the attack on the PDK workers became a spearhead attack on their national organization and workers’ union and democratic rights

Blacklisted workers could no longer find any new jobs in other factories in Tangerang. Their families suffered. They could not provide for basic necessities such as food, housing, health and education of children.

The GSBI reported the inuustice to the Secretariat of International Labor Organization (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The ILO recommended: 1.) That the government should ensure the Payment of workers’ severance who were forcibly dismissed; 2.) The government should conduct an independent investigation into the use of military and paramilitary forces by the Company to disperse the workers during the strike; 3.) Conduct examination of the dismissals based anti-union and take action to ensure payment of the rights of PDK workers; and 4.) The government provide copies of the investigation report on the alleged intimidation of Kokom Komalawati (the Chairperson of SBGTS-GSBI).

These recommendations are basically toothless and ineffective before the collusion of monopoly capitalists and the government. The ILO, itself, has become a mere imperialist tool to promote its tripartism of government, labor and capital.

Hence, talks by workers held with the local Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration produced no result.

Since 2012, PDK workers have held picket rallies at least 170 times. Although they often get poor responses and face intimidation and violence, they remain enthusiastic in their struggle.

These developments enjoin us to support a Global Action on July 12, 2017, the 5th year of struggle of PDK. We urge ILPS members, especially workers through the ILPS Commission on Trade Unions, to press the companies, the ILO and the Indonesian government to squarely meet the demands of the PDK workers.

In the Philippines, the local factory producing Adidas shoes (Rubberworld) closed down after violently breaking a workers strike more than three decades ago. There is a local dealership of Mizuno products but not in manufacturing. These two brands are still present in stores imported from various countries. They are fascist brands for monopoly capital profits. The governments supporting them must be challenged by our collective and militant struggles. The ILO must be exposed as an imperialist and anti-worker tool. The Indonesian regime must be made answerable to the people.

Let the workers and all oppressed be educated, trained, organized and mobilized as full-time fighters for freedom, democracy, national and social liberation!

Long live the PDK and Indonesian workers!
Long live international solidarity!
Long live the fight against imperialism and all local reaction!

NOTE:

Master Sports Corporation (MSC) is in the business of retail and wholesale of sporting goods, currently operating retail outlets in Metro Manila, retail outlets in Metro Cebu and conducting business with dealers nationwide. MSC holds office at the 5TH Floor, BMG Centre, Paseo de Magallanes Commercial Center, Makati City.

MSC has been the exclusive distributor of Mizuno Sports Products selling golf equipment and accessories since 1979. Over the years, its product line has grown to a full range of sports including badminton, volleyball, baseball/softball, running, track & field, football, futsal and martial arts. With the continuous growth of the brand in the Philippines, Master Sports is second to the oldest distributor operating in the Asia Oceania region.