On 18 January 2011 members of the West Java Region of IUF-affiliate FSPM demonstrated outside the Hyatt Bandung. FSPM members were protesting against attempts to dismiss two union members who are facing criminal charges instigated by Hyatt local management for supposedly embezzling US$15! Workers then rallied outside the court where the case of the two members is being held.
The union members are workers at the hotel’s fitness, spa and gymnasium section (known as Club Olympus), which the hotel is seeking to outsource. The local union at the Bandung Hyatt is a member of the FSPM’s Hyatt Indonesia Union Council.
Early Sobari and Yudhasari Pardikan have been suspended without pay since January 2009, following the local management’s accusation of theft involving Rupiah 150,000 (equivalent to just US$15). The money was funds from a guest entering the Club Olympus, which were not immediately registered in the book. A request had come to clean the hotel’s sauna from a guest, and the cash was placed in a draw, the sauna cleaned and then registered as taking. But local management are determined to criminalise Early and Yudhasari in order to suppress the local union.
The management’s real agenda is outsourcing at Club Olympus, which would mean an increase in the use of precarious workers on lower wages and with less job security. Such a policy of outsourcing would also weaken the union’s capacity to collectively bargain and represent workers at the hotel.
FSPM will mobilise more members in the campaign to defend Early and Yudha. The attempt to convict these workers on criminal charges is a blatant form of intimidation. It is an attack on the workers themselves and on the union.