Indonesia Metalworkers (FSPMI) Demonstrate in Jakarta, Demand Social Security Reform

Should the government fail to reform the social security system the Indonesian unions will call for a nationwide strike on May 1st. – FSPMI President Said Iqbal

The International Metalworkers’ Federation (IMF) has this press release about the Feb 6th protest of over 10,000 workers in Jakarta, organized by the Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia (FSPMI), a federation representing metal workers in Indonesia.  The demonstration focused on demands for reform of Indonesia’s social security system and better protections against the precarious employment status of many workers that is a result of rampant sub-contracting.

Also in attendance was Dr. Ribka Tjiptaning, a member of the Indonesian parliament and the political party Partai Demokrat Indonesia – Perjuangan (PDI-P, the Indonesian Party of Democratic Struggle).  This strikes me as notable, since I have not often seen mainstream politicians cited as attending or speaking at labor demonstrations.

Feb 6 Rally by Federasi Serikat Pekerja Metal Indonesia

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