Indonesia - Rare justice for workers (2010)

In February, the International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) reported that Fathoni Prawata, a local manager of electronic component manufacturer PT Kim Jim Pasuruan (KJI), had been sentenced to 18 months in prison in a court case brought by the Federation of Indonesian Metalworkers Union (FSPMI). FSPMI lodged the case after Prawata unfairly dismissed FSPMI members and refused to pay wages, bonuses and leave to workers who demonstrated during negotiations for a collective agreement. According to FSPMI President Said Iqbal, this is the first time Indonesian courts have found management official guilty of violating ILO Convention 98 and Indonesian Labour Law 21.

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