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Jakarta Post

Workers on strike, reject national healthcare program

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat and Ainur Rohmah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Semarang   /   Thu, November 22 2012   /  09:47 am
Loud and clear: Thousands of workers march down Jl. Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, toward the Presidential Palace on Wednesday. They demanded that the government revoke the 2011 Law on social security providers (BPJS) and the national social security system (SJSN) that they say have failed to improve their welfare. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)(BPJS) and the national social security system (SJSN) that they say have failed to improve their welfare. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Loud and clear: Thousands of workers march down Jl. Merdeka Selatan, Central Jakarta, toward the Presidential Palace on Wednesday. They demanded that the government revoke the 2011 Law on social security providers (BPJS) and the national social security system (SJSN) that they say have failed to improve their welfare. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)Thousands of workers went on strike in cities across the country in opposition to national social security programs that they say are against the Amended 1945 Constitution.

In Jakarta, demonstrators called on President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to issue a regulation in lieu of law (perpu) to replace Law No. 40/2004 on national social security system in line with the recent decision of the Constitutional Court.

The Constitutional Court stated that the social security programs were part of workers’ rights and therefore, the expense of thei...