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Indonesia’s Pertamina Averts 10-Day Strike by Workers

The union did not disclose what the dispute was about but rejected reports that it was solely over welfare issues

A Pertamina petrol station in Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, Indonesia. Photo: Reuters.


Workers at Indonesia’s state-owned energy group Pertamina cancelled a planned 10-day national strike after their trade union and the state energy firm’s management agreed on labour terms, union president Arie Gumilar said.

The agreement was reached a day before the strike was due to start on Wednesday, Gumilar said.

The state energy company is Southeast Asia’s biggest fuel importer and at least 10,000 staff were initially expected to join the industrial action, according to media reports.

The union did not disclose what the dispute was about but had rejected reports that it was solely over welfare issues.

It had demanded the government replace president director Nicke Widyawati, claiming she had failed to promote peaceful and just industrial relations.

Pertamina had pledged to ensure fuel supply in the event of a strike, but last week its chief commissioner, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, told local media the company would cancel pay cuts for employees who preferred to work from home.

In the latest Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women, Widyawati was the highest-ranked female executive, in the number 27 spot.


  • Reuters with additional editing by George Russell





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George Russell

George Russell is a freelance writer and editor based in Hong Kong who has lived in Asia since 1996. His work has been published in the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York Post, Variety, Forbes and the South China Morning Post.


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