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Java and Bali Power Supply Insulated from Industrial Sabotage

Officials Promise Sate Power Company Strike Will Not Affect Java-Bali Power Supply.

(2/2/2008) Republik of Line (ROL) reports that the State Power Company (PLN) have promised that the Java-Bali power grid will be unaffected by the continuing strike of PLN workers in Jakarta.

The Personnel Director of PLN, Djuanda N. Ibrahim, told ROL: "We remain committed to maintaining continual electrical service to our customers. Our employees share this commitment. And, although some of our staff are on strike, this will not disrupt our operations."

An estimated 7,000 PLN employees went on strike on Wednesday, January 30, 2008, to protest a decision to restructure the power company.

Djuanda explained to the press that because the corporate culture of PLN places customer service before all other considerations, the idea of potential industrial sabotage by the striking employees was unthinkable. Moreover, according to Djuanda, while PLN's Directors respect the right of union members to express their views, the management of PLN is fundamentally opposed to any actions that might disrupt public order and the smooth supply of electrical power to the public.

The Chairman of the PLN Worker's Union, Ahmad Daryoko echoed Djuanda's comments, underlining that the current protest by his union was peaceful.

At a January 8, 2008 shareholders' meeting of PLN a decision was made to restructure the Company and improve health services for employee. The phased restructuring of PLN is aimed to eventually evolving the State Power Company into a holding company.