China’s labor practices under hot fire in Indonesia – Asia Times

JAKARTA – A riot at a Central Sulawesi nickel processing complex in which two people were killed and buildings and equipment destroyed has raised questions about the management practices of Chinese companies and what procedures they follow to deal with labor disputes and other Indonesia-specific issues. .

Seventy Indonesian workers were arrested following the January 14 violence at a smelter owned by PT Gunbuster Nickel Industry (GNI), one of 18 companies now operating in the sprawling US$10 billion Indonesia Morawali Industrial Park (IMIP).

Hundreds of police were called in after union workers went on strike as talks broke down over pay and safety concerns and strikers allegedly became angry after some of the workforce chose to stay on the job.


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