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Nursanna Marpaung

Secretary General, Hukatan

Nursanna Marpaung is the Secretary-General of HUKATAN- Federation Forestry, General Industry, Wood, Agriculture and Plantation, with a lifelong experience in the Indonesian labour movement and associated professional responsibilities, which include workers’ rights and welfare in the palm oil sector.

Within her capacity as secretary-general at HUKATAN, she is active in lobbying, advocacy, and capacity building for workers, besides promoting social dialogue as a tool to settle labour-related disputes and encouraging women members to be leaders.

At RSPO, Nursanna is involved in the Human Rights Working Group and Shared Responsibility Working Group. She has also conducted training for administrators and members in both HUKATAN and JAPBUSI (Indonesian Palm Oil Trade Unions Network) on the RSPO Principles and Criteria (P&C), especially on workers' rights and conditions, decent living wages, and gender-based violence in the workplace.

In 2018, Nursanna was elected as the Executive Secretary of JAPBUSI by its Steering Committee. JAPBUSI consists of eight trade unions, which represent more than 600,000 palm oil workers. As Executive Secretary of JAPBUSI, her role includes to engage with the government, the Indonesian Palm Oil Association (IPOA), and the International Labour Organization (ILO) on palm oil  issues, including child labour, women and child workers, wages, and employment status.