We no longer trust SBY, we no longer trust the parliament to carry out an impeachment. We do not want this people’s movement to be taken over by the parliament. Essentially, the people do not trust SBY-Boediono or the parliament. – Budi Wardoyo, Aliansi Buruh Menggugat
According to an article from Indowarta translated by the IndoLeft news service, Aliansi Buruh Menggugat is going to mark the end of SBY’s first year in office since re-election with protests around the country.
Besides demonstrating their disappointment in the first year of the SBY’s second term, the protests will also be “rejecting revisions to Law Number 13/2003 on Labour and the privatisation of state-owned industries, demanding the development of the national industry and the nationalisation of mining and gas industries under the control of the people, opposing low wages and calling for free education and healthcare.”
With May Day fast approaching, we can expect to see a lot of news coverage of May Day demonstrations. Already there are a number of articles on the preparations being made for demonstrations around the country. These include a Republika article on Serikat Pekerja Nasional’s (SPN) claim that it will mobilize 25,000 workers on May 6th, a Tempo article on preparations by Aliansi Buruh Menggugat (ABM) to mobilize workers in East Java, and an Okezone article on Kongres Aliansi Serikat Buruh Indonesia’s (KASBI) plans for demos across the country.
If you have news on May Day demonstrations, pass them along and they will be included in a round-up of this year’s May Day demos.
Okezone, translated into English by the Indoleft News Service, has this report of pre-May Day demonstration by Aliansi Buruh Menggugat (ABM) and Serikat Pekerja Kereta Api Jakarta [Greater Jakarta Railway Workers Trade Union] (SPKAJ):
In the lead up to the commemoration of International Labour Day or May Day, the Workers Challenge Alliance (ABM) and the Greater Jakarta Railway Workers Trade Union (SPKAJ) are planning massive actions in Jakarta on May 1. As part of the preparations for May Day, the groups held a protest action at the University of Indonesia (UI) train station in front of the university this afternoon. Aside from collecting donations from sympathisers, they also called for the main agenda item for May Day to be rejecting the results of the April 9 legislative elections. In order to attract support from UI students, they gave speeches and handed out hundreds of May Day leaflets with calls to reject the election results.
According to the workers, the recent elections were not a people’s election, were fraudulent and are illegitimate. The grounds for the workers’ rejection of the elections is because the ‘festival of democracy’ failed to give birth to an elite or assembly members who side with the interests of workers – for example who have the courage to abolish contract labour systems (outsourcing) which is extremely harmful to workers.