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Forelock policy on 1,000 employees of PT Freeport has no legal basis

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Timika, Jubi – Branch chairman of Chemical, Energy and Mining Workers’ Union (SP-KEP) SPSI Mimika Regency, Papua Province fully supports PT Freeport Indonesia’s worker strike’a plan from 1 May.

Chairman of SP-KEP SPSI Mimika Aser Gobay in Timika, Wednesday (26th April), said that PT Freeport employees have the right to hold a strike, which is guaranteed by Law No. 13 of 2003 on Labor.
The strike planned to last for a whole month from May 1 to 31, 2017 was raised by the Head of Work Unit (PUK) SP-KEP SPSI PT Freeport.
“Please feel free if the security forces advise employees to discourage their intention to strike, but employees also have the right to strike, it is guaranteed by law,” Aser said.
He responded to opinion of the Manpower, Transmigration and People’s Housing Office of Mimika who called employees strike to have no legality since it was not caused by a failure of negotiation with the management.
“The strike is not merely based from failed negotiation, but the union asks Freeport’s management to negotiate, which they refused, that is why the strike is legitimate,” explained Aser who is an employee of PT Kuala Pelabuhan Indonesia (KPI), one of a privatization company that manages transportation within PT Freeport.
Aser said that the PUK SP-KEP SPSI has yet to discuss in detail what activities will be held on May 1 to coincide with the commemoration of International Day of Work (May Day) in Timika.
According to him, PT Freeport employees’ strike which was followed by all employees of Freeport subcontractors this time was triggered by various problems within PT Freeport and subcontractor companies, among others, the layoffs policy, forelock (laying off) employees.
The forelock policy imposed on more than 1,000 PT Freeport employees, he said, has no legal basis as it is not regulated in the Industrial Relations Guidance book and the Collective Labor Agreement (PKB) and has never been negotiated with the union.
He said thousands of workers of PT Freeport and subcontractor companies who meet daily at the Secretariat Office PUK SP-KEP SPSI PT Freeport on Jalan Budi Utomo Timika is no longer working because they are all threatened to be laid off and dismissed by the management company.(*)
Source: Antara
Editor: Zely Ariane

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Freeport Indonesia disregards Papua Manpower Office’s Decree

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Jayapura, Jubi – Chairman of Workers, Students and Papuan People’s Coalition Yosepus Talakua accused PT. Freeport Indonesia neglects the Provincial Manpower Office’s decree.

“PT. Freeport is seeking for a way to smooth out their ‘furlough’ program because of the company has lost their profit even though it has not proven,” said Talakua when giving his statement at the Office of Papua Human Rights Advocates Association (PAHAM) on Monday (8/10/2018).

The decree No.560 / 1271 issued by the Provincial Manpower Office concerning the inspection of the Service Supervisory Team stated that the 18 months strike conducted by 8,300 Freeport workers were legal according to the Law No. 13 of 2003 about the employment.

Therefore, the termination of employment without the stipulation covered in article 151 is void,  whereas the mechanism of furlough determined by the Company not acknowledged by Law No, 13 of 2003.

Moreover, Talakua accused PT. Freeport’s statement about the loss was a defence to ignore the rights of thousands of workers who do strike to get justice for their fundamental rights, such as the right to live and to work as well as the right of association.

“We have attempted various efforts referring to the mechanism and the laws of the Republic of Indonesia by meeting with the government agencies and the House of Representatives for voicing the injustice committed by PT. Freeport Indonesia,” he said.

Meanwhile, to Antara, the Chairman of Department of Chemical, Energy and Mining Workers (SP-KEP) SPSI Aser Gobay said in the decree the Provincial Manpower Office also confirmed that the dispute of industrial relations between PT. Freeport Indonesia and the strike workers have no legal requirement.

On that basis, the Provincial Manpower Office believes that the Company is obliged to fulfil all the rights of the employee and provide them benefits and allowances from May 2017 to date.

“This is a step forward for the workers and their affiliation who do strikes in Mimika District. We have received a decree issued by the supervisory team of Papua Provincial Manpower Office in which concluded that a strike conducted since May 2017 legally acknowledged by the Indonesian Law,” said Gobay to Antara in Timika on Thursday (4/10/2018).

In line with that, the Papuan Student and Workers Coalition urge PT. Freeport Indonesia to Immediately comply with the Law No. 13 of 2003 and consider the fundamental rights of 8,300 workers that have been neglected by the company.

They also demanded the management of PT. Freeport to immediately provide the normative rights of employers and be responsible for 33 workers who died due to the termination of employment as a result of the strike.

Furthermore, the association asked the Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration to take a prompt action to solve the protracted dispute between the workers and PT. Freeport Indonesia as well as urged the Papuan Parliament and the House of Representative to be assertive against PT. Freeport regarding a decree No. 560/1271 issued by the Provincial Manpower Office about addressing the termination of employment. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

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Dogiyai and Deiyai coffee crowned as ‘the Best Coffee of the Year’

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The founder of Enauto Coffee, Hanok Herison Pigai, received an award from the Executive Director of SCOPI, Sunday, (30/9) – Jubi / SCOPI Instagram

Jayapura, Jubi – Arabica Coffee Deiyai and Dogiyai won the first place and runner-up at The Best Coffee of the Year award held in Jakarta Coffee Week 2018 on 28 – 30 September 2018.

The two types of green coffee which origin of the highlands of Meepago region, Papua, are introduced by the Product Processing Unit of Enauto Coffee which was established by the Foundation of Community Welfare Development (Yapkema).

The assessment was done by both national and international coffee experts, by looking at the post-harvesting process that produces the ready-to-drink coffee. They then decided that Deiyai coffee won the first place in the category of “Honey Process”, while Dogiyai coffee became the runner-up in the category of the Natural and Semi-Washed Process.

“We won these categories based on the new assessment, namely the process of post-harvesting green beans,” Director Yapkema who is also the founder of Enauto, Hanok Herison Pigai told Jubi by phone on Monday (1/10/2018).

Moreover, he explained the coffee experts from Australia and Indonesia assessed the coffee beans brought by 14 farmers representing their respective regions throughout Indonesia. The coffee beans are then roasted and smelled, after which they brewed (cupping).

Pigai explained that Enauto implements a new approach in processing the post-harvesting coffee so that it could win this annual competition which has conducted since three years ago.

“We have applied four post-harvesting processes over our Arabica coffee and also provided training to farmers. The process includes natural, honey, semi-washed and full-washed,” he said.

Pigai believes that in the future the market demand for his coffee products will be high, especially after being crowned a champion in the speciality coffee category.

“On behalf of other local coffee farmers, I feel proud to be present at the Indonesian coffee festival to represent coffee and Papuan culture,” he said.

Previously, reported by Bisnis.com (18/9), the Executive Director of the Indonesian Sustainable Coffee Platform (Scopi) Veronica Herlina, said Jacoweek 2018 would be very helpful to encourage and motivate the farmers in planting.

“We hope that by the joining Jacoweek, they will return to their villages and be motivated to plant and able to know the size of the market they have,” she said.

As the initiator of the Jacoweek, Scopi, according to Veronica, has provided more than 84,000 training in one year for a total of around 2 million coffee farmers throughout Indonesia. (*)

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KAD established to prevent corruption in the business sector in West Papua Province

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KPK commissioner Laode M. Syarif when visiting to form KAD Anti Corruption West Papua in Manokwari – Jubi / Hans Arnold Kapisa

Manokwari, Jubi – To accelerate the prevention of corruption, especially in the business sector, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) established the Regional Committee Advocacy (KAD) in West Papua Province.

The committee is a forum for communication and advocacy between the regulators and business sector. Through this forum, both parties can convey and resolve the obstacles faced in a business environment with integrity such as the bidding process in the construction sector that considered out of regulation and less transparent.

Besides that, the Electronic Bidding System (SPSE) is not a new version. The businesspersons also complain about the indication of the conflict of interest in the procurement process.

Regarding licensing, Investment and One Stop Services Office (DPMPTSP) has improved their services. However, there is a problem in the process of issuing the license from the Regional Equipment Organization (OPD) concerning the land for business use.

Businesspersons also expect the government to understand more about crime connected with corruption such as gratification, bribery, collusion and company corruption.

“We hope that this forum will be a solution to increase the convenience in business. Of course, it should still regard to the legal compliance that would lead to the improvement of people’s welfare,” said the KPK Commissionaire Laode M. Syarif at the Establishment of KAD in Manowari on Thursday (20/9/2018).

He further explained that KAD is not only established at the regional level but also at the national level. Since 2017, there are five sectors included in the national level namely oil and gas, food, infrastructure, health and forestry.

“At the national level, this advocacy committee was formed in the strategic sectors related to the community interest by involving the business associations and relevant ministries/institutions. Meanwhile, at the regional level, this committee was established on the geographical basis which involved the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and regional regulators. West Papua becomes the 30th province who form this communication forum,” he said.

KAD Background

The idea of establishing KAD refers to the experience of KPK that 80% of cases of KPK involving the businesspersons and public sector/government agencies. In general, their modus is to provide gifts or gratification or bribe the government officials to influence the state policymakers, such as in the procurement of goods and services as well as the licensing process.

Previously, Deputy Governor of West Papua Mohamad Lakotani said the declaration of West Papua as a conservation province is part of the efforts to ensure that the management and utilization of natural resources are proper with the concept of sustainable development.

“If the illegal logging still exists, it means they don’t have permission from the local government. Those people exploit the natural resources for their benefits, whereas the local people have not gained any profit of it,” he said.

The Provincial Government of West Papua will not remain silent about any violations of natural resource management. Instead, he invited the public to report any violations they found.

Based on KPK data, up to May 2018, the private sector was listed as the second most corrupt sector in which offenders are 198 people. The perpetrators are mostly the regional parliament members, 205 people, while four corporations have become suspects and under the investigation of KPK. (*)

Reporter: Hans Kapisa

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