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Jakarta Post

Workers comb plants as strike begins

  • Ridwan Max Sjabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 4 2012   /  10:27 am

Thousands of blue-collar workers across the nation began on Wednesday a massive strike they said would last for weeks should the government fail to grant their demands: ending outsourcing practices and cheap labor policies, and providing greater access to health care.

The rallies passed off peacefully in most areas, though there were reports of labor unions conducting combings of factories, including in Tangerang where protesters pelted rocks at a security guard post at a factory belonging to PT LG Indonesia. The protesters were angry about the company’s alleged refusal to allow all its employees to skip work, permitting only 200 of them to join the protest.

Activities on more than 60 industrial estates in Riau Islands and West Java were suspended when around a million workers in Batam, Bekasi and Cikarang left their workplaces and took part in the strike.

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