Workers to rally in Jakarta on Tuesday

Workers to rally in Jakarta on Tuesday

A labour rally involving around 50,000 workers in Greater Jakarta (Jabodetabek) is set to be held on Tuesday.

According to the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI) chairman Said Iqbal, the workers will gather at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle, march to the Presidential Palace, and visit the Manpower Ministry and Health Ministry offices.

The workers, who come from various organisations, such as KSPI and the Indonesian Workers Movement (GBI), will call on the government to lower the price of essential goods and fuel. They will also protest layoffs due to the weakening rupiah and the economic slowdown.

"We also reject foreign workers coming to Indonesia and call on the government to raise the minimum wage to 22 per cent in 2016," said Said in a press release as quoted by

Other demands mentioned in the press release include the revision of government regulation (PP) on pensions so that workers' pension plans are similar to civil servants' and do not carry an increased health insurance contribution.

"We also want the Industrial Relations Court (PHI) to be dismissed by revising Law No. 2/2004 this year," said Said.

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