Indonesian workers call government end unfair labour practices

May Day rally - protesters march to the State Palace
May Day rally – protesters march to the State Palace

JAKARTA 1 May – Thousands of workers took to the street  in central Jakarta today in `May Day rally`.

They  protested  against the government’s fuel subsidy cuts plan,  unfair labour practices, and  called on public officials to put an end to the controversial  practices regarding  the contract labour  “outsourcing”  in Indonesia.

Workers under the “outsourcing” category are deprived of work  protection and benefits,  unlike regular workers in selected industries.

About 135,000 workers , from the largest labour unions,  participated in the rally, which  hindered public transport flow, closing down of major “arteries” as protesters  marched to the State Palace and Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration.

by:  Eddy Suprapto – correspondent

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