• 1000 Indonesian truck drivers strike
  • Workers unite in fight for fair and safe conditions
  • Penalty rates and 40 hour week part of claims 

NSW unions have rallied in Sydney in solidarity with the 1,000 Indonesian truck drivers who have been on indefinite strike since November 1.

The Indonesian workers were forced to take direct action because of poor and unsafe conditions by their employer - the fuel refining and distribution corporation Pertamina Patra Niaga (PPN).

"Despite the fact these workers have provided over ten years of loyal service to the company, they have been denied job security through casualisation and short-term contracts and forced to work twelve hour days with no overtime," MUA National Secretary and International Transport Workers' Federation President Paddy Crumlin said.

"To make matters worse, there has been a number of work-related fatalities."

Mr Crumlin said the striking workers have the full support of the International Transport Workers' Federation and the wider union movement.

"I have urged company management to meet with the workers and their union to negotiate in a constructive way to resolve this dispute.

"I encourage the Indonesian government to take all possible steps to ensure that these workers' demands are met, so they can return to work."

Workers have a number of demands including the guarantee of permanent positions; back-pay for overtime since 2011; penalty rates for holiday work; a gas and fuel allowance; a 40 hour week and an end to intimidation including the reinstatement of workers who were dismissed unilaterally.


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