Operations at DDW SEA Graha yard remain suspended after riot

Singapore: Operations Drydocks World Southeast Asia's Graha yard in Batam, Indonesia remain suspended following a riot by 5,000 workers on Thursday. Some 5,000 workers at the yard rioted after a 27-year Indian electrical supervisor allegedly called one of the Indonesian workers “stupid”. “That was enough to set 5,000 people off into a riot,” said Denis Welch, ceo of Drydocks World SEA. The workers set fire to yard's office building and burned down stores. Welch said he had met with the chief of police and government ministries in Jakarta. He said the first issue for the company was to ensure their people are safe. This includes checks on buildings at the Graha yards before operations can restart. The company's other two Batam yards Pertama and Nanindah are beginning to restart operations. Drydocks World SEA employs 5,000 workers directly at its Batam yards and a further 15,000 subcontractors. [26/04/10]

Posted 26 April 2010

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