Subject: [cwj 53] Sony to sack 928 staff at Indonesian factory
From: Corporate Watch in Japanese <>
Date: Fri, 07 Jul 2000 15:51:25 -0700
Seq: 53

The Economic Times Online=20
July 8, 2000
Sony to sack 928 staff at Indonesian factory

ELECTRONICS giant Sony plans to lay off 928 staff who stopped work more
than two months ago in a dispute over new working conditions, a company
official said today.=20

Sony Indonesia=92s finance department manager Satoshi Kanenori said 928 of
its 1,500 employees at its television and stereo production plant in
Jakarta would be sacked since the dispute had proven impossible to resolve.
He said the staff, who have been on strike since April 26, will be fired as
soon as possible.=20

Kanenori said the strikers walked out demanding that they be able to sit
while they work. However, the company=92s newly introduce production line
requires its staff to stand.=20

He said the company had received approval from the Indonesian government to
terminate the workers=92 contracts, a requirement under new labour laws. If
the sacked workers do not accept Sony=92s decision they have the right to
appeal to an administrative court.=20

Kanenori said he expects the decision to cost Sony, which owns the plant,
more than $500,000 in termination pay and other costs.=20

The dispute comes amid a surge of worker unrest in Indonesia, which has
been on the increase since the country was plunged into its worst economic
crisis. =97 AP=20

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