Blue Bird Drivers Demo In Jakarta

Blue Bird Demonstrate In Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle

Blue Bird Drivers Demonstrate In Hotel Indonesia Traffic Circle (JP)

Thursday saw a small group of Blue Bird taxi drivers demonstrate in the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, a follow-up to a previous demonstration held in May.  The fundamental issue is one hanging over the heads of so many Indonesian workers, the lack of full-time employment status.  As the article describes, drivers are considered “business partners” by the company, which allows them to eschew many of the responsibilities of full-time employers and impose a more flexible labor regime based on commissions.  It also raises a prominent difficulty for many Indonesian labor organizations, the difficulty of organizing to change the status of workers when it is their status as contract employees or “business partners” that makes them vulnerable and difficult to organize in the first place.

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