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Muck
06-13-2003, 03:31 PM
Remind me never to set up shop in Jakarta.

Boss speared after he sacks workers in Indonesia

Associated Press
Jun. 13, 2003 07:10 AM

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Workers fired from a Volvo dealership in Indonesia attacked their Swedish boss with spears during a dispute over severance pay, police said Friday.

Michael Olsson was stabbed in the back and slashed in the face at a meeting with the workers last week in Balikpapan, East Kalimantan on the island of Borneo, police said.

The Swedish newspaper Blekinge Laens Tidning reported that Olsson was hospitalized. Olsson is from Karlskrona, 220 miles south of the capital, Stockholm, according to the newspaper.

Four men have been arrested in the attack. Three were among 31 workers who had recently been fired from the dealership, police said. A fourth was a member of right-wing youth group known for thuggery, they said.

Olsson, an executive with local Volvo dealer PT Eka Dharma, was trying to negotiate a settlement with the workers, who were demanding that eight managers also be fired and that the company give them $1.2 million in compensation.

Some tribal groups on Borneo island have carried out bloody attacks in recent years on settlers from other parts of Indonesia.

Labor strife is common in Indonesia and is partly to blame for a drop in foreign investment in recent years. Multinationals complain of having to endure violent strikes and villagers who attempt to extort money by blockading roads and attacking facilities.

Capt. Dick
06-13-2003, 03:46 PM
I guess we should be wary of postal workers sharpening long sticks.

Cranx
06-13-2003, 04:25 PM
That's a pisser.