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Jakarta Post

Workers continue their rallies as govt urges them to return to work

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, November 23 2012   /  07:39 am

Workers continued staging rallies on Thursday with many thousands taking to the streets demanding the government and employers follow the newest ministerial regulation on outsourcing.

They also demanded that the government end the cheap-labor policy and exempt workers from paying contributions to the national healthcare program.

For a second day, workers from industrial areas in Jakarta, Bekasi, Tangerang and Bogor marched from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to the Presidential Palace. Others staged protests outside the House of Representatives compound in Senayan and the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, causing major traffic congestion in the city.

The demonstrations, which also involved hundreds of students from several universities in the city, were jointly organized by the Confederation of All-Indonesian Workers Union (KSPSI), the Confederation of Indon...