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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