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PT Kukdong International

Published: December 13, 2019

In September 2019, PT Kukdong International, which was located in Bekasi City, West Java, Indonesia, closed its doors, ending the employment of 1,021 workers. The factory paid these workers the full severance that they were owed under Indonesian law, totaling more than nine million dollars. While the closure was a sad event for these workers,…

Largest Sum Ever: WRC recovers US$4.5 Million in unpaid severance

Published: December 4, 2019

In the fall of 2019, two thousand Indonesian workers received what the WRC believes to be the largest amount workers have won in a single case of illegally denied severance. On July 2, 2018, the management of PT Kahoindah Citragarment (Kahoindah), an Indonesian garment factory owned by the Korean firm Hojeon LLC, had announced that…

PT Kahoindah Citragarment Tambun-Bekasi

Published: December 4, 2019

The WRC conducted an investigation of the PT Kahoindah Citragarment Tambun-Bekasi factory, which was owned and operated by Hojeon Ltd. (Hojeon), a South Korea-based factory conglomerate.  The investigation was undertaken in response to complaints from workers received by the WRC after the factory announced its intention to close on July 2, 2018. From 2009 until…

“Organized theft on a massive scale”: the reality of severance theft in Indonesia

Published: June 26, 2019

Abruptly and without warning, the Indonesian garment company Jaba Garmindo shut down operations at its two factories in April of 2015, leaving over 4,000 workers without their legally mandated severance. The sudden departure reflects a consistent trend within garment factories around the globe; in response to intense market pressure to cut production costs, many factories…

PT Jaba Garmindo

Published: December 18, 2015

PT Jaba Garmindo (“Jaba Garmindo”), an Indonesian garment manufacturer entered bankruptcy in April 2015 without having paid legally required severance benefits and final wages to its roughly 4,000 employees. The WRC is urging UNIQLO, H&M, s.Oliver, Jack Wolfskin, and the other brands and retailers that produced at Jaba Garmindo to ensure that the workers who…

PT Kizone

Published: August 9, 2013

The owner of PT Kizone fled Indonesia in Janaury 2011 without paying workers $3.3 million in legally mandated severance. More than 2,800 workers were affected.

Kwangduk Langgeng (Formerly PT Kolon Langgeng)

Published: March 9, 2011

The WRC successfully protected the rights of employees during the closure, a highly contentious process which involved attempts by factory management to avoid severance payments to employees, lock out workers who resisted these moves by the company, and to blacklist employee union representatives.

PT Hann Chang Indonesia

Published: November 30, 2008

The event that triggered the worker complaint at PT Hann Chang was the announcement by management in mid-February that the factory would be closing and that workers would be paid an amount of severance substantially below the minimum required by law. The complaint also alleged other violations, primarily in the area of freedom of association.

PT Mulia Knitting

Published: September 15, 2008

The WRC’s investigation of PT Mulia Knitting was triggered by a worker complaint alleging serious violations of worker rights in the area of freedom of association.

PT Sarasa

Published: December 19, 2006

The WRC chose to initiate the assessment when it learned that the factory had engaged in a lock-out of employees during the course of annual wage negotiations with the union that represents the plants workers, known as FSBKU. Subsequent to the lock-out and the initiation of the WRC’s assessment, PT Sarasa management announced that the facility would be shut down permanently. The WRC’s investigation found strong evidence supporting the conclusion that the lock-out and subsequent mass termination were motivated by anti-union animus, as a measure to retaliate against workers for the exercise of protected associational rights.