JAKARTA May 12 An Indonesian labour union has
scrapped a planned strike at Jakarta's Tanjung Priok port next
week, ensuring operations would run normally at the country's
busiest port, union officials said on Friday.
Nova Sofyan Hakim, the chairman of the workers' union of PT
Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT), said by text
message the union had reached "a constructive agreement" with
JICT is the company in charge of loading and unloading at
Tanjung Priok port, the country's biggest container port.
Hong Kong-based Hutchison Ports controls 51
percent of JICT, while state-owned port operator Pelindo II has
a 48.9 percent stake, according to Pelindo II's website.
The union had said earlier this week that 2,000 JICT workers
would strike on May 15-20 to oppose a decision by Pelindo II to
extend an operating contract held by JICT and Hutchison Ports.
The union had accused JICT's board of directors of cutting
workers' benefits to pay fees related to the contract extension.
Union official Hazris Malsyah, who was supposed to lead the
strike, said JICT directors had agreed to curb workers' losses
related to the contract extension.
JICT, Pelindo II and Hutchison Ports were unavailable to
(Reporting by Hidayat Setiaji and Gayatri Suroyo; Editing by