Indonesians working for China's Huawei on strike
JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesians working for Chinese telecom firm Huawei joined a strike on Friday over claims their employer broke labour laws, in the latest industrial action to hit a foreign company in Indonesia.
Some 150 workers in the capital Jakarta and the eastern city of Surabaya took part over claims Huawei has illegally hired foreign workers and has sought to disrupt the work of labour unions. Huawei denies the claims.
Indonesians working for US mining giants Freeport McMoran Copper & Gold and Newmont Nusa Tenggara, and French retailer Carrefour, have gone on strike in recent years seeking better pay and conditions as the economy booms.
"The strike is an escalation of several labour issues at Huawei," Huawei Tech Investment Indonesia Union chairman Heru Waskito Krisnamurti told AFP.