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Three demands made during May Day rally

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 1, 2018   /   02:31 pm
Three demands made during May Day rally In preparation: Workers print logos of the Indonesia Port Workers Federation on fabric in Jakarta on April 30 in preparation for a rally to celebrate International Workers' Day, or May Day, which falls every May 1. (Antara/Muhammad Adimaja)

Workers joining with the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI) delivered three demands for the improved welfare of workers nationwide during a rally to commemorate International Workers’ Day, also known as May Day, on Tuesday.

KSPI chairman Said Iqbal said around 150,000 workers from Greater Jakarta; Serang, Banten, and Karawang and Purwakarta in West Java conveyed their demands entitled Tritura Plus (Three Extra People’s Demands) during a rally in front of the State Palace, Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.

In the first demand, the workers called on the government to reduce the prices of rice, electricity and fuel to maintain food and energy security.

They later conveyed their grievances about low wages and called for the revocation of Government Regulation (PP) No. 78/2015 on wages, which they deemed as unfair to workers.

With their last demand, the workers called on the government to revoke Presidential Regulation (Perpres) No.20/2018 on foreign workers.

“We have also added a new demand here. We want the government to abolish outsourcing practices and we seek to elect a pro-worker president in the 2019 election,” said Said in a written statement released on Tuesday.

In addition to delivering their demands, the KSPI members also used the May Day rally as a moment to voice their support for Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto’s candidacy in the 2019 presidential election. (dpk/ebf)