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Jakarta Post

Labor strike paralyzes activities in Medan

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, December 12 2012   /  09:58 am

Going the extra mile: Bus passengers are forced to exit a toll road on foot in Belawan, North Sumatra, as the road was blocked by thousands of protesting workers on Tuesday. Local workers have been protesting in favor of a raise in their minimum wage. Antara/Irsan MulyadiA widespread industrial strike took place in Medan, North Sumatra, on Tuesday with thousands of workers blockading the Tanjungmorawa-Belawan (Belmera) toll road and disrupting economic activities at Belawan Port and the Medan Industrial Estate.

Entering a second day, demonstrators gathered at the industrial estate after unionists swept factories to force workers into joining the demonstration. Both employers and security guards appeared powerless and gave up when demonstrators damaged factory gates and doors.

Followed by riot police, demonstrators rode buses and motorcycles past the governor’s office to t...