By the way: isn't Indonesia one of those "market-friendly" countries that sweatshop employers gravitate to? You know, where sweatahop employers are doing locals a favor, because sweatshop labor beats the "best available alternative"? Anyway....
Workers at the giant PT Musim Mas oil palm plantation and processing plant in Pelalawan, Riau Province in Sumatra formed an independent union in October 2004, seeking to negotiate the implementation of legal minimum standards for plantation workers and fair treatment for contract workers. The company's response was to dismiss trade union officers, sack 701 union members, forcibly evict these workers and their families from their plantation housing and expel their children from school.
In order to destroy the union the company finally orchestrated the arrest and conviction of the key union officers. Five of these leaders were sentenced on February 3 to 14 months to two years in prison. A sixth is on trial now.
Headquartered in Medan, Musim Mas operates the world's largest palm oil refinery, and is a prominent member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. The jailed unionists are prisoners of conscience, imprisoned solely for their trade union work, which the company and the authorities are attempting to criminalize. International support is urgently needed. Send a message to the government of Indonesia to free the Musim Mas 6.