Demo Wrap-Up

Here’s a wrap-up of some of the worker demonstrations that made it onto Metro TV News the past few days:

  • Facing forced resignation, hundreds of workers at RS Bunda Medical Centre in Padang demonstrated peacefully, demanding that the hospital either allow them to continue working or fire them so that they can at least receive separation pay.  The workers have already gone one month without pay.
  • Nearly 500 dock workers in Surabaya went on strike, holding a demonstration outside the offices of PT Dok dan Perkapalan Surabaya (Pesero).  Some of their demands include an end to the outsourcing of work and refusing the unilateral replacement of union leadership.
  • Hundreds of civil servants demonstrated outside of the Governor’s office in Papua regarding the payment of regional subsidies, which workers have been waiting ten months to receive.  Unsatisfied with the answer they received at the Governor’s office, they continued to his official residence two kilometers away, where a few leaders of the demonstration were received.

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