28 Feb '13, 6am

Indonesian palm oil company denies child labor claims, new allegations arise

Indonesian palm oil company denies child labor claims, new allegations arise

Diana Parker, Mongabay-Indonesia contributor February 28, 2013 School-age children working in an oil palm plantation in Sintang, West Kalimantan. Photo: Hovek PT Sinar Sawit Andalan (PT SSA), a palm oil plantation company in Indonesia’s West Kalimantan province, has denied allegations that the company employs children. PT SSA was responding to a video released earlier this month that showed school-age children carrying polybags at the company’s work site in West Kalimantan’s Sintang district. A Sintang district government team has investigated the claim and released a progress report confirming the company’s statements. However another resident of the area has since come forward with similar accusations and has asked the provincial government to continue the investigation. Speaking from a coffee shop in the provincial capital of Pontianak last Wednesday (2/20/13), Aditia I...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2013/0227-dparker-child-palm-oil...

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