Indonesia’s FKUI holds 7th Congress, broadens organising mandate

The BWI-affiliated Federation of Indonesia Workers’ Awakening (FKUI) held its 7th Congress from 23 to 26 of November. Previously known as the Federation of Construction, Informal and General Workers (FKUI-SBSI), the federation’s Congress changed its name to reflect its new mandate to organise workers of all types from different sectors and new form of membership from individual workers to trade unions.  

“We feel that this change is more inclusive and reflective of our broadened organising work among all types of workers in the formal and informal sectors,” FKUI Treasurer Bismo Santoyo said. 

Aside from the change of name, the Congress passed four resolutions: 1) on the issue of personal protective equipment and occupational health and safety at workplaces related to COVID-19, 2) on the recently passed Omnibus Law, 3) on the demand to establish an Industrial court at industrial zones, and 4) on the call for effective Labour inspections. 

A national work plan from 2020 to 2024 was also passed. FKUI said that it will focus on organising workers in the sectors of cement and palm oil and engage in social dialogues with relevant parties on protecting jobs and incomes, and implementing social protection measues. The federation will also maximise the use of social media as an organizing tool and increase its number of members and collective labour agreements. 

The congress also elected FKUI’s new executive committee, advisory council and internal auditors. They are:


Executive Committee FKUI:

1. President: M. Nainggolan (Chairman of Bogor district)

2. SecGen: S. Rosada (Chairman of Tangerang district)

3. Treasurer: Bismo Sanyoto

4. Deputy Chair on Program: Rasmina

5. Deputy Chair of Consolidation: Mudhofir

Advisory council:

1. Harris Manalu

2. Gultom (Muara Enim – South Sumatera)

3. Nababan (Pelelawan - Riau)

Internal Auditors:

1. Gunawan (Pasuruan – East Java)

2. Ari Iswandi (Berau – East Kalimantan) 

3. Bani Baet (Aceh)

FKUI’s congress was attended by delegates from 17 of its branches in Indonesia. As part of the federation’s measures to protect their members from COVID-19, all delegates took rapid COVID-19 tests before attending the congress.