Monthly Archives: April 2011

More On May Day Preparations

The chairman of Federasi Serikat Pekerja BUMN Bersatu, a union representing workers in State-Owned Enterprises, is alleging that government officials gave improper benefits to trade unionists as encouragement to not demonstrate on May Day.   The Jakarta Post explains below:

Arief Poyuono, general chairman of the United Federation of Workers of State-Owned Enterprises, said he had laid a complaint with the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) after Manpower and Transmigration Ministry officials allegedly gave each of 300 unionists Rp 110,000 ($13) and a hamper of food and cooking oil.  Arief did not say who made the payments.

Present at the meeting were National Police Chief Gen. Timur Pradopo and Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar, who gave a speech during the meeting at the ministry on Tuesday, urging the workers to show restraint.

Arief said he believed the money and hampers were an attempt to prevent the trade unionists from marching in Sunday’s rally.  If the packages were legitimate bonuses, they would have been paid to all Indonesian workers, not just the 300 unionists who attended the meeting, he said.

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Police Prepare For May Day Demos

The Jakarta Post reports on police preparations in advance of May Day:

Jakarta Police has announced plans to dispatch 6,000 personnel to a number of locations across the capital to secure May Day events this weekend.  The locations include areas around the Presidential Palace, the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, and several factories, National Police operational bureau chief Sr. Comr. Sujarno said in Jakarta on Wednesday.

“Security measures will also be applied in areas including Monas and the Proclamation Monument [both in Central Jakarta], where large [rallies] are expected,” Sujarno said, as quoted by Antara. Sujarno added that Jakarta Police was working with the West Java Police and the Banten Police to anticipate thousands of workers who may enter the capital from the two regions to attend the rallies.

Last year an estimated 10,000 people took part in May Day rallies, Sujarno said, adding that police did not know how many people would turn out this year.  “We’re also coordinating with a number of labor unions, including the National Workers Union [SPN],” he added.