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May Day rally in Jakarta says outsourcing, contract labour haunt Indonesian workers

Kompas.com - May 1, 2018

Ihsanuddin, Jakarta – An alliance of workers that are part of the Indonesian Prosperity Trade Union Confederation (KSBSI) are continuing their action at the National Monument (Monas) in Central Jakarta on Tuesday May 1.

During the action to commemorate International Labour Day (May Day), they called for Government Regulation Number 78/2015 on Wages (PP 78/2015) to be revoked.

"The enactment of PP 78/2015 on wages has in fact weakened the position of workers in their struggle for decent wages", said KSBSI Jakarta chairperson Dwi Harto from the command vehicle.

"Human outsourcing and contract workers are the ghost that still haunts workers, where workers do not have a clear future and wages are far from decent", she added accompanied by shouts of agreement from protesters.

Dwi said that government labour supervision has been ineffective in upholding labour norms or resolving complaints submitted by workers. This has become a stumbling block for workers in the struggle for their rights.

"It is this that make us from the KSBSI Jakarta continue to take to the streets until workers gain prosperity and have a decent wages, a decent life and decent jobs in accordance with the 1945 Constitution", she said.

With regard to Presidential Regulation Number 20/2018 on Foreign Workers (Perpres TKA), Dwi admitted that the KSBSI has yet to take a position. This is because the KSBSI is still studying the regulation which eases the administrative process for TKA entering Indonesia.

"We haven't taken a final decision on it. We have to see first what differences there are with the earlier Perpres during the era of former president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono", she said.

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the article was KSBSI: Buruh Tak Punya Masa Depan yang Jelas.]

Source: https://nasional.kompas.com/read/2018/05/01/10222871/ksbsi-buruh-tak-punya-masa-depan-yang-jelas.

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