Massive Labor Protests Scheduled For Tuesday In Jakarta

From The Jakarta Globe:

The Indonesian Council of Workers (MPBI) on Tuesday said it is planning to stage massive protests against the practice of outsourcing on Wednesday, potentially leading to major traffic congestion in the capital and its satellite cities.

“MPBI apologizes to the people of Indonesia if they feel their comfort is disturbed or they get trapped in congestion,” said Said Iqbal, the president of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI).

Iqbal, whose KSPI is part of the council, said Wednesday’s protests would be held at several locations throughout the Greater Jakarta area.

He said protests will be staged from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., with the union expecting some 2.8 million people in 21 districts and municipalities and 80 industrial zones to take part. The largest demonstrations, involving some 500,000 people, will take place in seven industrial zones in Bekasi.

Iqbal said the protest was to demand a halt to the practice of outsourcing manpower, in which employers hire workers from other companies, commonly subjecting them to less generous employee benefits. The workers will also demand an end to low pay and will voice their rejection of the government’s proposed plan for workers to pay 2 percent of their wages toward health insurance.


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