Damas Jati - , 25/09/2017, 13:29

International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) affirmed that the campaign taken by its affiliate, Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT), to Hutchison-owned health and beauty retailer Watsons in Jakarta was a message to Hutchison to respect the workers' rights.

Paddy Crumlin, President of the International Transport Workers’ Federation, and Chair of ITF’s Dockers Section issued a call to Hutchison: “In response to Hutchison’s ruthless attack on workers’ rights at the Port of Jakarta, Indonesian dock workers are hitting the streets to remind the public, and their management, that they deserve respect and dignity.

“These workers have built up Hutchison’s Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) to be one of the strongest performing terminals in Asia, continually lifting productivity to deliver sustained growth for the company, and the Indonesian economy.

“Yet, JICT management continue to crack down on union members. Workers’ wages have been cut by between 15-42% in the last three months, and union members have been specifically targeted – and their jobs threatened – for raising concerns,” he said as written in the ITF website.

Workers are visiting Hutchison-owned Watsons’ stores in the last days to deliver a message that Watsons’ commitment to create a “healthy and supportive environment for all employees” and provide “a working environment that is free from all forms of discrimination” should extend to all workers in the Hutchison network.

“Watsons strives to work smarter and create more value for its customers and shareholders – just like the workers at JICT. For the Indonesian public to have any faith in Watsons’ commitments, Watsons should act to help fix this situation and tell Hutchison to respect workers’ rights,” said Crumlin.