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Jakarta Post

Workers want foreign firms to lift labor union ban

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, December 6 2012   /  07:41 am

Thousands of workers rallied on Wednesday at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, in front of several embassies and at the Presidential Palace, resulting in severe traffic congestion around Central and South Jakarta’s commercial and government office areas.

The rally was organized by the Indonesian Workers’ Assembly (MPBI) to demand that the government abolish outsourcing and crack down on foreign companies that ban their workers from joining labor unions.

Workers under the Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union (FPSMI), the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) and the Confederation of Indonesian Prosperity Trade Unions (KSBSI), joined the rally and assembled at the traffic circle before heading to the South Korean Embassy on Jl. Thamrin, Central Jakarta.

Protesters chanted and yelled pro-union and anti-Korean sentiments in front of the embassy ...