SEOUL, Mar. 15 (Korea Bizwire) — Indonesian workers who were victims of a Korean business leader fleeing Indonesia without paying overdue wages sent a thank-you letter to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday for helping them out.
About 300 employees of SKB, a sewing company in Bekashi, West Java, went to Jakarta to hold a rally in front of the Indonesian Ministry of Labor and the South Korean Embassy.
The company started to withhold payment in August last year, and shut down the factory in December of the same year, while the South Korean CEO disappeared in October of the same year and is currently in South Korea.
Employees claimed that they were owed overdue wages of 7.2 billion won (US$6.33 million), and nearly 4,000 employees’ livelihoods were threatened.
At the rally, SKB employees holding placards saying “(CEO) ran away with the money” said that they hadn’t received any salary for three months, and called on the Indonesian and South Korean governments to intervene.
President Moon ordered local authorities to cooperate actively to resolve the wage crisis. Thus, the employees of SKB sent a thank-you letter addressed to President Moon at the South Korean Embassy.
The workers said in the letter, “Thank-you and thank-you. We heard that you knew about our difficulties and ordered the South Korean government to resolve them. Nobody at the South Korean Embassy and the South Korean investor group listened to us until the president showed his interest in our difficulties.”
The letter continued, “We want to get our lost wages and social insurance fees back.” The letter concluded with remarks about the future regarding the friendship between South Koreans and Indonesians.
“I am confident that the president’s interest will not only gradually improve the poor working conditions of workers in Indonesia, but also serve as a turning point to promote friendship between South Koreans and Indonesians.”
Meanwhile, the South Korean government has told Indonesian police that it is willing to cooperate in investigating SKB, but the Indonesian government has yet to respond.
D. M. Park (firstname.lastname@example.org)