A strike by 200 employees of the Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club (BHKCC), in the mountain-lake district of Bali near Bedugul, has temporarily stopped play at the world-class facility since Monday, January 14, 2008. Workers are reportedly striking over demands for severance payments for retired workers and a demand that two managers at the Club be fired.
According to the Bali Post, the continuing inability to reach an accord between management and staff at the hotel-golf resort has caused the management to declare a "holiday" (closure) of the BHKCC for an indefinite period.
Sutiono, the attorney for PT Sarana Buana Handara - the management company of BHKCC, told the Bali Post that the Company was compelled to close the Club because of the continuing deadlock in talks with the Union and in order to allow the Company's director in Jakarta time to consider the workers' demands.
In order protect the property a large contingent of private security staff and police from the post at Buleleng, North Bali have been put in place
According to press reports, golfers turned away for the championship course and those staying at the resort are claiming compensation from BHKCC.
Meanwhile, the head of the Union at BHKCC, Nyoman Suparna told the press that he yet to receive a letter from Management advising of closure of the property, indicating that his staff was prepared to stop their action and return to work. Suparna also said that the Union is prepared to receive Management's offer of negotiations leading to a joint labor agreement. "We accept the offer of management where management will pay the shortfall in severance paid to staff who entered their pension period in 2007 and we will continue our negotiations," said Suparna.
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