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Workers launch toll-road blockade

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 4, 2013   /  08:45 am

A number of travelers have called on the police to take harsh action against workers who launched a blockade on the toll road leading to Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, which caused them to miss their flights.

Antony and Syamsuri who were set to fly to Makassar in South Sulawesi and Surabaya in East Java, respectively, found themselves stranded in Tangerang city when the toll gate leading onto the Tangerang toll road was blocked by thousands of workers demanding a significant wage hike and the end to outsourcing practices.

The demonstrators called on Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosyiah to raise the provincial minimum wage to Rp 2.6 million (US$234.96) in 2014 from the current Rp 2.44 million. '€œIf the governor does not meet our demand, we will paralyze industrial areas, toll roads and areas near the airport,'€ said Tangerang Raya workers alliance coordinator Koswara as quoted by kompas.com.

Koswara said the workers had begun to set up their blockade at the Bitung toll gate on Tuesday at 5:30 a.m., and added that the protest would continue until Ratu Atut met their demand.

The workers'€™ rally also brought traffic to a standstill on main roads in Tangerang, Bogor and Bekasi, all in West Java.

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