Indonesian palm oil workers and labor rights activists are looking to press their advantage following the success of four labor rights appeal cases heard in Indonesia’s Supreme Court last year. The appeals found PT London Sumatra (Lonsum) — a subsidiary of the palm oil giant Indofood, Indonesia’s largest food manufacturer — in breach of 10 casual employment contract terms, an outcome activists and union groups are asserting as a new precedent. Now, the Rainforest Action Network (RAN), U.S.-based activist group, in partnership with Indonesian labor rights group OPPUK, independent palm oil union SERBUNDO and Sumatran legal aid organization LBH Palembang, are mounting a case for two new lawsuits against the company on behalf of 200 Lonsum workers in South Sumatra province over unlawful dismissals. Labor rights appeal to Indonesia’s Supreme Court upheld In February 2020, LBH Palembang, OPPUK and SERBUNDO filed six lawsuits against Lonsum at the Medan Industrial Relations Court alleging the company breached Indonesian labor laws by failing to recognize 12 casual oil palm plantation employees’ contracts as permanent. The plaintiffs in the cases were all originally engaged on oral contracts with Lonsum, but the company appeared to shift the workers to written casual daily labor contracts between 2016 and 2017. The workers were later laid off between late 2018 and early 2019. The Medan Industrial Relations Court found that Lonsum had failed to formalize the casual daily labor contracts by registering them with the local labor department. Palm oil estate worker in Tenom district, Sabah, Malaysia. Image…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

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