Trouble brewing at Indonesian port company Pelindo II

Indonesia's Pelindo II is struggling with internal conflict and an imminent strikes at its main Tanjung Priok Port, local news reports said.

A rift in Pelindo II’s management apparently started after a remark by human resources and general affairs director Cipto Pramono while sharing a stage with leaders of a workers union during the company’s anniversary celebrations on Dec 6, after which chief executive Richard Lino subsequently asked him to resign and this has led to the resignation of dozens of top executives, the reports said.

“Such news is indeed quite disturbing. I am calling on them to immediately settle their internal conflict. It’s not our problem, but we will suffer when things go wrong at the port,” Sofjan Wanandi, the chairman of the Indonesia Employers Association (Apindo), was quoted as saying.

Lino has had trouble with the union, since accusations arose that he has not been transparent in his plan for the firm’s expansion in Tanjung Priok. Wire reports said that more than a hundred workers at Tanjung Priok had embarked on a strike on Monday, demanding his resignation.
Pelindo II corporate secretary Rima Novianti, said the strike and internal conflict have not disrupted loading or unloading operations at the port. It is unknown if the labour troubles will escalate.

“There are strikes but it is limited to a small number of personnel,” said Rima, who is also an executive of the Indonesian Logistics and Forwarders Association (ILFA).

Posted 24 December 2013

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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