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Jakarta Post

Tangerang workers '€˜warm up'€™ for May Day

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

  /   Thu, April 25, 2013   /  11:08 am

Hundreds of factory workers grouped under the Alliance of Greater Tangerang Residents (Altar) rallied in Tangerang regency on Wednesday, calling for an end to '€œoppression'€ in the workplace.

They said the rally, which began in Curug district and ended in Cikupa, was a '€œwarm-up'€ ahead of the commemoration of May Day on May 1.

'€œWe handed out a written statement to workers in seven industrial areas between Curug and Cikupa,'€ said rally coordinator Koswara.

He said oppression by employers appeared in many forms, including underpayment, banning workers'€™ unions and the dismissal of unionized employees, and added that things could get worse for workers if the government raised fuel prices. '€œWorkers will stage a massive rally in protest against the government'€™s plan to raise fuel prices. We also demand the government eliminate the outsourcing recruitment system,'€ he said.

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