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Creating multicompany CBAs in Indonesia


Henk van Beers works for CNV Vakmensen. On a regular basis he shares his experiences in Indonesia. He is there to support his Indonesian colleagues with his experience and expertise from the Netherlands.

Officially, every employee in Indonesia has the right to join a trade union and be represented by that union. However, practical implementation of these agreements is challenging in Indonesia. There are many rules, but actual dialogue or negotiations are difficult. While each company has its own agreements, wages are set regionally by governors in this large island nation. This creates a lot of unrest."

A few years ago, local trade union KSBSI started a project for collective labour agreements per sector or region, with the support of CNV Internationaal. An intensive process that is starting to pay off.