Huawei’s Indonesian labor union (Sehati) is holding its second demonstration today to protest illegal foreign workers hired by the company. Huawei’s presence in Indonesia is quite important as nine out of 10 local telcos use Huawei’s telecoms equipment, and now the company’s operations are put on hold for three days because of this protest.
TribunNews quoted Sehati chairman Dedy Adriyansah today as saying that they demand Huawei management treat workers more fairly. The union claims that the company discriminates against Indonesian workers and prioritizes foreign ones, even those who are working here illegally.
Dedy believes that there are a lot of Huawei foreign employees who do not yet have a full working permit here. Furthermore, they are occupying strategic positions which are not permitted by the Indonesian government, such as in the HR department. Lastly, the union states that quite a few foreign workers do not even have adequate working qualifications. 80 percent of Huawei’s 1,000 higher up positions, the group claims, are taken by foreign workers from China, India, and Pakistan.