Early end to Jakarta strike in “national interests”

Jakarta International Container Terminal Ships JICT was scheduled to handle during the strike period have been redirected

600 workers at Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) have ended a pay-related strike early because of "national interests".

The chairman of the Serikat Pekerja Jakarta International Container Terminal (SPJICT) union, Nova Sofyan Hakim, said in a statement he had ordered members to stop the strike on Monday afternoon "for the sake of our interests, our dreams and for the greater national interests”.

Yesterday, police were sent to the terminal at the Port of Tanjung Priok to end the strike, originally planned to end on 10 August, and remove protesting members of the International Transport Workers’ Federation’s (ITF) SPJICT union.

Reuters reported that twenty ships JICT was scheduled to handle during the strike period have been redirected for loading and unloading at other terminals.

Government officials and JICT executives said port activities remained "smooth", according to Reuters.

Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) has been run as a joint enterprise between Indonesian state-owned enterprise PELINDO II and global port operator Hutchison since 1999. JICT has just been granted an extension on its operating contract until 2039.

However, according to ITF Asia Pacific, in June, Indonesia’s Audit Board (BPK) announced that the JICT extension was contrary to local laws and is depriving the local state of potential revenue.

In May, the union called off a planned strike.

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