600 workers striking at Philips, Indonesia, will go back to work after an agreement was reached with local management on 19 June. Workers at PT. Philips Industries Batam, went on strike at the beginning of June, protesting against union busting and unfair dismissals by company management.

On 19 June, IndustriALL affiliated branch union FSPMI Batam and PT. Philips Industries Batam reached the agreement according to which local management will resume collective bargaining negotiations. The negotiations concern a restructuring plan of the company under the monitoring of the representatives of local authorities and/or government.

In return the union will stop the strike and all striking workers will go back to work. The strikers are to be paid their full salary for the time of the strike.

The agreement was reached just one week after the IndustriALL World Conference on ICT Electrical & Electronics held in Malaysia, adopted the resolution in support of unfairly dismissed workers at PT. Philips Industries Batam, Indonesia.

The resolution called on company management to reinstate the dismissed workers, stop harassing workers and resume the collective bargaining negotiations with FSPMI, aiming to achieve a fair and just resolution of the conflict, as well as create a constructive relationship between labour and management.

Judy Winarno, president for FSPMI Electrical & Electronics sector says: “On behalf of FSPMI electronics’ workers, we would like to thank everyone for the international solidarity and efforts of IndustriALL family.”