300 police officers to secure rally against ride-railing app providers

News Desk

The Jakarta Post


Jakarta   /  Wed, September 12, 2018  /  03:01 pm

App-based motorcycle taxi drivers stage a rally in front of the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, on April 23.(kompas.com/Rima Wahyuningrum)

Some 300 police officers have been deployed to secure a rally by drivers working with ride-hailing app providers outside the Go-Jek headquarters in Kebayoran Baru, South Jakarta.

“Around 60 of the officers are the negotiation team from the police's women corps,” South Jakarta Police deputy chief Adj. Comr. Budi Sartono said on Wednesday.

The drivers, united under the Attack Deceitful App Companies Movement (Gerhana), were rallying on Wednesday to demand better working conditions.

Gerhana had staged a similar protest in front of the Grab headquarters in Kuningan, South Jakarta, on Monday. There was tension during that protest, as Grab upper management refused to meet the demonstrators.

Gerhana is specifically demanding that the companies uphold their promises to increase the base rates and is protesting what it calls driver exploitation and industry monopolization. Go-Jek and rival company Grab are the only two players in the Indonesian app-based ride-hailing industry. (nor)