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Japanese Union Solidarity with Indonesian Sugar Workers

Posted to the IUF website 27-Jan-2006

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Members and officers of the IUF's Japanese affiliate Food Rengo, joined by IUF Japan Coordinating Council (IUF-JCC) General Secretary Tomoji Misato, demonstrated outside the Indonesian embassy in Tokyo on January 24 in solidarity with the sugar workers federation FSPM TG and their struggle for trade union rights in Indonesia (for background, and to send a message to the government of Indonesia, click here).

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The demonstration followed on the January 18 visit to the embassy by Akihiko Nagamatsu (head of Food Rengo's Sugar Mill Section), Hiroyuki Nagashima (Food Rengo International Liaison) and Misato, who delivered a letter from Food Rengo calling on the Indonesian government to take swift action in response to repeated violations of trade union rights by private and public employers in the sugar sector.

The international campaign for trade union rights for Indonesia's sugar workers continues, with more embassy and related actions planned while the IUF continues to explore additional means of pressuring the Indonesian government and employers.