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Monday, November 4, 2019 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Morrill Hall, 404
Cornell University Dept, 159 Central Avenue, Morrill Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA
Indonesia has a long history of religiously oriented labor unionism. In the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, Muslim unions joined with their Christian counterparts in opposition to the dominant leftist unions of that period, arguing that a faith-based approach to industrial relations was both effective and ideologically defensible. Concepts of “Islamic” industrial relations again surfaced several decades later as Indonesia emerged from a long period of authoritarian rule, as PKS, a new Muslim party, looked to labor as a source of support. This paper analyzes this more recent attempt to “Islamize” the organized labor movement, with reference to its historical precedents.
Michele Ford is a Professor of Political Science within the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at The University of Sydney, Australia