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Jakarta Post

Jokowi gains support from labor unions

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 8, 2019   /  02:51 pm
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University students in Yogyakarta stage a rally on Sept. 23 to voice their opposition to the speedy deliberation of controversial bills at the House of Representatives.(JP/Tarko Sudiarno)

Amid protests by various groups signaling widespread distrust of the government, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo may have gained support from an unlikely source: labor unions. Jokowi met with leaders of the nation’s two-largest labor unions at Bogor Palace on Monday, apparently to discuss the planned revision of the 2003 Manpower Law. After the meeting, All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) president Andi Gani Nena Wea and Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) chairman Said Iqbal expressed their support for the Jokowi administration. While the KSPSI has supported Jokowi since the 2014 presidential election, Said's endorsement came as something of a surprise given that the KSPI had been a vocal supporter of Gerindra Party chairman Prabowo Subianto's presidential bid. "Workers are part of the people, and we have an interest in c...