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Tens of thousands of Indonesian workers to hold Labor Day rally
Publication Date : 30-04-2014
The Indonesian Workers Union (KSPI) announced that about 80,000 workers would rally in front of the state palace to observe International Workers Day — May Day — on Thursday.
“The 80,000 workers will be at the front of the state palace until 6pm.,” KSPI chairman Said Iqbal said at a press conference at the Jakarta Police Office on Tuesday Kompas.com reported.
He said besides the state palace, workers would also rally in the front of ministry buildings including the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry, Health Ministry,
Finance Ministry, State-owned Enterprises Ministry, the Coordinating People Welfare Ministry and the Coordinating Economic Ministry.
According to Iqbal, more than 600,000 workers around the country planned to attend mass rallies to observe May Day, 150,000 would go to Jakarta.
Meanwhile, in Medan, thousands of workers under the Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Union would stage a rally on thoroughfares in Medan, North Sumatra as part of their observation of International Workers’ Day.
The federation’s coordinator, Minggu Saragih, said as many as 5,000 workers had confirmed they would join the rally.
“We 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 a 30-per cent raise in their salaries 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.
“Workers 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.