January 31 2024

An Indonesian Story

Tuniah and Kuswoyo worked for the Trigraha Sealsindo company, an asbestos manufacturer for automotive parts in Indonesia for over 20 years.

They were Production Line Workers for insulation products. In 2017, both Tuniah and Kuswoyo were diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases and have received some compensation for being diagnosed.

While the Company provided proper personal protective masks for workers at the early stages of their employment, they shifted to only providing basic surgery type masks in the latter years. Tuniah and Kuswoyo advised that the company also provided them with extra food, including the popular sweetened condensed milk, which they believed would reduce the possibility of inhaling fibres, and reducing the risk of lung problems.

Both men are concerned for their future and their ability to provide for their families. They continue to fight for their rights to adequate health insurance coverage for those that can no longer work due to asbestos-related diseases.

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