Drydocks urged to heed workers

by Fadli, The Jakarta Post, Batam

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by Fadli, The Jakarta Post, Batam

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Drydocks urged to heed workers

by Fadli, The Jakarta Post, Batam

Shipyard company PT Drydocks World Graha, was urged Friday to reduce its quota of local contractual workers in order to raise the welfare of its workers.

Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar raised the issue during his visit to the company in Batam, Riau Islands.

Rioting erupted on April 22, triggered by an alleged racial insult from an expatriate employee to a subcontracted worker, causing damage to the building and cars and injuring several people.

Muhaimin said the government would not phase out the contractual employment system as this could discourage investors.

"The contractual system cannot be avoided because the company is unable to employ all workers on a permanent basis," he said.

"It's impossible to wipe out the contractual employment system. The company is facing limitations to meeting its purchase orders. We will arrange the subcontracting companies' employment mechanism so we can organize the contractual system well."

PT Drydocks is said to be increasing the number of permanent workers from 2,000 to 4,000 from its 10,000 contractual workers by the end of the year.

Muhaimin had a closed-door meeting with the company management for around an hour, discussing a number of issues, including the riot.

The riot sent several expatriate workers fleeing to neighboring Singapore to avoid more conflict with local workers.

In an attempt to curb a possible escalation of the impact of the riots, the Indian community association promptly extended their apology for their member's racist comment.

In response to the legal handling of the riot case, Muhaimin said it would go on as it should, but his ministry was focusing on ways to commence production activities.

Riau Police chief Brig. Gen. Pudji Hartanto Iskandar, said that police were still investigating the incident.

Muhaimin said the management expressed its commitment to improving the working pattern between the company and subcontracting companies. The company, which resumed operations five days after the riot, says that it is currently streamlining its management and waiting for the arrival of raw materials.

"There is a commitment to improving the work procedures between PT Drydocks and subcontracting companies. The government will also determine whether the company or the subcontracting companies lack discipline. We have also urged PT Drydocks to immediately reinstate the workers and reduce the number of contractual workers," said Muhaimin.

Baharum, a senior human resources minister at PT Drydocks World Graha, said that currently only 100 workers had been reinstated following the riot.

They will be reinstated after the company has carried out all restoration works, he said.

Meanwhile, Drydocks World has announced on its drydocks.com that it has won a contract to build a new state-of-the-art oil well intervention

Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) vessel, representing a third order from integrated energy industries service provider Hallin Marine, costing a total of US$110m.
<span style="font-size: 14pt"><span style="font-weight: bold">Drydocks urged to heed workers</span></span><br /> <br /> by Fadli, The Jakarta Post, Batam <br /> <br /> Shipyard company PT Drydocks World Graha, was urged Friday to reduce its quota of local contractual workers in order to raise the welfare of its workers.<br /> <br /> Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar raised the issue during his visit to the company in Batam, Riau Islands.<br /> <br /> Rioting erupted on April 22, triggered by an alleged racial insult from an expatriate employee to a subcontracted worker, causing damage to the building and cars and injuring several people.<br /> <br /> Muhaimin said the government would not phase out the contractual employment system as this could discourage investors.<br /> <br /> &quot;The contractual system cannot be avoided because the company is unable to employ all workers on a permanent basis,&quot; he said.<br /> <br /> &quot;It's impossible to wipe out the contractual employment system. The company is facing limitations to meeting its purchase orders. We will arrange the subcontracting companies' employment mechanism so we can organize the contractual system well.&quot;<br /> <br /> PT Drydocks is said to be increasing the number of permanent workers from 2,000 to 4,000 from its 10,000 contractual workers by the end of the year.<br /> <br /> Muhaimin had a closed-door meeting with the company management for around an hour, discussing a number of issues, including the riot.<br /> <br /> The riot sent several expatriate workers fleeing to neighboring Singapore to avoid more conflict with local workers.<br /> <br /> In an attempt to curb a possible escalation of the impact of the riots, the Indian community association promptly extended their apology for their member's racist comment.<br /> <br /> In response to the legal handling of the riot case, Muhaimin said it would go on as it should, but his ministry was focusing on ways to commence production activities.<br /> <br /> Riau Police chief Brig. Gen. Pudji Hartanto Iskandar, said that police were still investigating the incident.<br /> <br /> Muhaimin said the management expressed its commitment to improving the working pattern between the company and subcontracting companies. The company, which resumed operations five days after the riot, says that it is currently streamlining its management and waiting for the arrival of raw materials.<br /> <br /> &quot;There is a commitment to improving the work procedures between PT Drydocks and subcontracting companies. The government will also determine whether the company or the subcontracting companies lack discipline. We have also urged PT Drydocks to immediately reinstate the workers and reduce the number of contractual workers,&quot; said Muhaimin.<br /> <br /> Baharum, a senior human resources minister at PT Drydocks World Graha, said that currently only 100 workers had been reinstated following the riot.<br /> <br /> They will be reinstated after the company has carried out all restoration works, he said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Drydocks World has announced on its drydocks.com that it has won a contract to build a new state-of-the-art oil well intervention<br /> <br /> Compact Semi-Submersible (CSS) vessel, representing a third order from integrated energy industries service provider Hallin Marine, costing a total of US$110m.<br />
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