Improving Work and Life in Palm Oil Plantations
CNV Internationaal and ICCO work together with local organizations in Sumatra to improve labour rights. Continuous, constructive social dialogue between companies and trade unions is leading to improvements of labour conditions at palm oil plantations and mills.
CNV Internationaal and ICCO work together with local organizations in Sumatra to improve labour rights issues such as low wages, unrealistic targets, child labour, lack of job security, suppression of unions, health & safety issues and gender issues. Continuous, constructive social dialogue between companies and trade unions is leading to improvements of labour conditions at palm oil plantations and mills. Simultanously the environment for children living in the communities on the palm oil plantations is improved by setting up child friendly villages, which includes amongst others education and day care for children.
This change is significant, since on the one hand, workers in the palm oil sector are now able to work in better working conditions, with feasible daily targets, with fixed contracts, with cba’s (labour agreements) in place, with job security and freedom of association, amongst others. On the other hand, the environment and the future for children is more challenging. They have now, on the palm oil plantations, e.g. access to education, which enables them to enroll in other jobs later than in a job in palm oil only.
The Civic Engagment Alliance has contributed to this significantly. Thanks to the Alliance Hukatan (CNV partner ) and PKPA (ICCO partner ) have been able to start up a fruitful cooperation. They were both active in the palm oil sector in Sumatra already, both in another area of development. The CEA brought them together, which made them join hands, and which had the result that the projects now have a wider scope to tackle problems in the palm oil sector.