CNV Internationaal and their Indonesian office has been creating fair economic development together with the ILO. In 2018 ILO and CNV started to see how to organize all the different trade unions together in Kalimantan, in order for trade unions to cooperate at company level in order to speak with one voice. Thereby increasing the social dialogue with companies to arrange CBAs. In the beginning of November 2018, CNV Internationaal and ILO facilitated the network of trade unions in transforming into a formal network by organizing several meetings. On December 5, 2019, the Indonesian Palm Oil Workers’ Union Network was finally formally formed and called JAPBUSI (Jaringan Pekerja Buruh Sawit Indonesia).
CNV Internationaal worked with Wilmar together on a positive impact project. Wilmar’s Indonesian Human Resource Department (HRD) and CNV’s Indonesia partner Hukatan-KSBSI cooperated through direct engagement between leaders of both parties. A new chapter of the union was set-up in PT MSS as the union was re-introduced to workers. Both Wilmar HRD and the union provided support and training for newly elected worker union representatives on industrial relations. Following an engagement model that was established earlier in 2016 with another union in North Sumatra, Serbundo, Wilmar and the unions now enjoy an open and trusting relationship, with union leadership having direct access and contact with Wilmar HR management. This has facilitated engagement with workers and means that the union leadership has clear access to their members and worker representatives, with the full consent of Wilmar management. This was a positive experience between Wilmar, Hukatan-KSBSI and CNV with our third party suppliers in Indonesia. We have actively included leaders of unions including Hukatan-KSBSI, as speakers in our series of capacity building sessions focusing on labour and human rights concerns in Indonesia.