Published by: LIPS and Tanah Air Beta
Release Date: 2015
In resonance with Fauzi Abdullah’s belief on the importance of workers’ own voice, LIPS facilitated fifteen labour union activists to write their experiences. Started on October 2014 and ended on May 2015, with two writing workshops, fifteen writers finished writing their stories. Out of fifteen writers, five of them are women. Each writer comes from a labor union based on industrial cities in western part of Java Island: Tangerang, Cikarang, North Jakarta, Bandung, and Bogor.
The theme ranges from their experience in building union on factory level to higher level, in struggling against unilateral lay off, working inside the factory and the poor working condition, and how union had helped in fighting against domestic violence. The sector from which the writers come from also diverse. Although still dominated by manufacture sector, but one came from transportation sector, and another came from state-owned company.
This book is published amidst the lack of works of writings on labour studies. The 482 pages book is LIPS’ contribution to the labor studies itself, and the Indonesian labour literary.
The fifteen stories are told in unadorned manner, straightforward, without asking to be pitied by the readers. The writers wrote their stories in their own words, in their own way.