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JICT workers strike, demand 'full payment' of bonuses

Jakarta Post - August 3, 2017

Jakarta More than 650 workers of the Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) at North Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port have gone on strike Thursday, demanding the balance of their bonuses, which they claim had been reduced by 42 percent.

The strike has crippled operations of the largest container terminal in the country, which handles 70 percent of Greater Jakarta's exports and imports.

The container terminal service company stands to lose hundreds of billions of rupiah if the workers go ahead with their plan to continue their strike through Aug. 10.

The strike started when the workers closed the terminal at 3 a.m., JICT workers union secretary general M. Firmansyah said in a written statement.

"We are on strike because the renewal of our contracts in 2015 had violated existing regulations and caused our bonuses to be cut by 42 percent," Firmansyah said.

The union said JICT's revenues had increased by 4.6 percent in 2016, while the bonuses for the company's directors and commissioners were raised by 18 percent.

According to Firmansyah, the union suspected that JICT, whose annual income was between Rp 3.5 trillion (US$262.55 million) and Rp 4 trillion, was targeted by foreign investors, while JICT management treated their workers unjustly by cutting their bonuses. (dis/bbn)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/08/03/jict-workers-strike-demand-full-payment-of-bonuses.html.

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