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Jakarta Post

Thousands of workers to stage Labor Day rally in Medan

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Tue, April 29, 2014   /  10:04 pm

Thousands of workers under the Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union have announced their plan to stage a rally on thoroughfares in Medan, North Sumatra, as part of their observation of International Workers'€™ Day, which falls on May 1.

The federation'€™s coordinator, Minggu Saragih, said as many as 5,000 workers had confirmed they would join the rally.

'€œWe will march our way to the governor'€™s office and the North Sumatra Police headquarters, to ask [whether there are] any updates on previous reports made by our colleagues,'€ he said.

He said the workers would demand that the government raise their salaries by 30 percent to help meet increasing living costs.

When asked whether the federation would involve workers who did not get the chance to join the rally, Minggu said it would not be an issue because Labor Day is treated as a national holiday.

'€œWorkers will have the chance and opportunity to run with us, demanding improvements,'€ he said.

North Sumatra Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Heru Prakoso said he expected the workers would abide by regulations when staging the rallies. He warned the workers not to be easily provoked by any parties that may want to turn peaceful rallies into violent demonstrations. (dic) 

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