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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Of strikes and strategy

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, October 3 2012   /  08:06 am

On Wednesday morning, residents of Greater Jakarta and other towns will be bracing for the strikes threatened by representatives of hundreds of thousands of workers.

Among others, the Congress Alliance of Indonesian Labor Unions (KASBI) announced on Monday that its local branches in Samarinda, East Kalimantan; Batubara, North Sumatra; Palembang and Prabumulih in South Sumatra; Semarang and Surakarta in Central Java; and Yogyakarta were planning simultaneous protests. Unions in prominent industrial districts such as Jakarta; Tangerang, Banten; and Bekasi, Cimahi, Indramayu, Karawang and Subang, West Java; will also join the strikes, KASBI said.

The message: Raise wages, end outsourcing and the contract-employment system. The strategy: Pressure the government and authorities will back off, like they did after the last effort to ditch the minimum wage regulations. The results:...