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Phillips Seafood’s Brutal Treatment of Overseas Workers


Phillips Seafood, which runs a chain of East Coast seafood restaurants, is being blasted for its brutal treatment of workers in Lampung, Indonesia, where it processes crabmeat. Mostly women, 60% of this Indonesian workforce have no permanent jobs are kept on “standby,” never knowing when they will be called to work. After an IUF-affiliated union attempted to begin negotiations for permanent contracts for long-term employees, 205 workers—many with 15-plus years of service—were terminated by text. Jobs were then outsourced from the Phillips factory to illegal, isolated “mini plants” operated from private homes in the forest. Workers at these plants suffer constant cuts and often continue to work with open wounds. They have no insurance for work-related injuries. If injured on the job they are simply given medicinal alcohol, and if they are injured so severely that they must go home, they are simply out of work until the injury heals.

The IUF-affiliated Lampung workers federation and the IUF are demanding Phillips reinstate workers dismissed earlier this year, an end to outsourcing, and that the factory be run under acceptable health and safety conditions. You can show your support through the IUF website: or send a message directly to Phillips Seafood at:

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