In November 2007, the KJI FSPMI union leaders submitted an application asking for collective bargaining with the employer.
In January 2008 KJI FSPMI submitted a letter insisting on collective bargaining for the second time and officially informed the Agency about the company's continued refusal to start this process.
However, on May 15, 2008 four union leaders were handed dismissal letters signed by Fathoni Prawata, the General Manager of KJI.
The next day the KJI management gathered all the workers and urged those who had joined the strike to produce 'written apologies' and statements that they had given up their membership of KJI FSPMI.
The trial started at the Pasuruan District Court in Bangil on November 8, 2008, and was attended by around 400 workers, not only from KJI but also from other affiliates of the FSPMI in East Java.
They also contributed to the eventual success of bringing the KJI General Manager to court and then to jail.
15) As noted by Abdullah Faqih, the FSPMI KJI vice chairperson, if it was not for Jamaludin they might not have had such a breakthrough.
Opting for an alternative route to address the dismissal, the KJI union leaders decided not to take the case to the Agency and the Industrial Relations Court.
In the KJI case, the distrust of the Agency was a reason for the union using a different approach to dealing with the dismissal of the union leaders.
In fact, most of the labour law enforcement issues in the circular letter were actually drafted by him, based on his knowledge and experience with actual cases faced by workers, in particular the KJI case.
In the present case, for instance, the KJI employer would rather have disputed the case at the Court as a 'dismissal dispute' of four workers rather than as a 'criminal offense' against union activists at the criminal court.
As explained by Abdullah Faqih, the Vice Chairperson of KJI union, 'They were not demonstrations, just "hearings".