Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Workers to Voice Rejection against Removal of Strike Right

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  • Indonesian workers shout slogans during a rally against cheap wages in Jakarta (12/10). Thousands of factory workers took to the streets in the capital to protest against outsourcing and low wages. AP/Achmad Ibrahim

    Indonesian workers shout slogans during a rally against cheap wages in Jakarta (12/10). Thousands of factory workers took to the streets in the capital to protest against outsourcing and low wages. AP/Achmad Ibrahim

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Jakarta Workers Forum head Muhammad Toha said workers’ unions in the capital would voice their rejection against the removal of the workers’ right to go on strike on their planned rallies on May Day.

    Muhammad said the right was stipulated in the International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 87 Year 1948 and No. 98 Year 1949. “The scrapping of this right is highly in favor of the interests of major corporations,” he told Tempo on Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

    According to Muhammad, the workers’ right for a strike was an instrument of negotiation and a response they can draw on against possible injustices by employers and to fight for their welfare.

    Besides against the right’s removal, he said, laborers in the capital would also voice rejection against the salary payment scheme of every two to five years and the lingering outsourcing issues.

    “Many companies have continued with their outsourcing systems and apply regulations as they please,” he said.

    An estimated 100,000 workers will take to the capital’s streets to commemorate the International Labor Day on Friday, May 1, 2015. The Jakarta Police will deploy 14,404 personnel to secure the workers’ rallies. 

    YOLANDA RYAN ARMINDYA