Deadly clashes occurred between TKI and TKA at PT Gunbuster Nickel Industri (GNI) North Morowali, Southeast Sulawesi. Two workers died as a result of this clash.
The clash occurred at PT GNI on Saturday (14/1/2023) night. The two workers who died included one Indonesian citizen and one foreigner.
It is known that the incident began with a demonstration against the company. The workers sue the company regarding employment, starting from work safety to employee welfare.
detikcom summarizes the 7 latest facts from the deadly clash at PT GNI, see as follows:
1. 17 Suspects
National Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo stated that dozens of people were detained by the police following clashes between Indonesian workers (TKI) and foreign workers (TKA) at PT GNI in North Morowali, Central Sulawesi.
“Several of the perpetrators of the vandalism have now been arrested, approximately 71 people have been arrested,” said Sigit in a press release via the Presidential Secretariat’s YouTube channel, Monday (16/1).
“(As many as) 17 people are currently named as suspects,” continued Sigit.
Sigit explained that the clash occurred in the PT GNI smelter area.
2. Trigger of the Deadly Clash
National Police Chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo straightened out the narrative that said the clash at PT GNI, North Morowali stemmed from the beating of Indonesian workers (TKI) by foreign workers (TKA), as spread on social media. Sigit said the fact was that the clash started with an invitation to go on strike accompanied by coercion.
Sigit explained that the call for a strike accompanied by coercion was met with rejection by a number of TKI and TKA who still wanted to work at that time. It was this refusal to strike that ended in clashes between workers.
“The incident that occurred initially was a request to strike from employees which then raised pros and cons. And then there was an attempt to force it so that was rejected. And (the clash incident-ed) was then made viral and provoked (with narrative-ed) the beating of foreign workers occurred against TKI,” said Sigit in a press conference, Monday (16/1).
Sigit explained, currently there are around 1,300 foreign workers with skills, and 11 thousand migrant workers. Mentioned, TKI will increase to 30 thousand.
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