One Million Labors to Hold Protest on May Day

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    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The President of Indonesian Labor Confederation (KSPI), Said Iqbal, said that as many as one million labors from throughout Indonesia are going to hold demonstration on May Day, which is May 1, by marching from Hotel Indonesia Roundabout to the National Palace in Jakarta.

    "In the afternoon, there will be May Day Fiesta at Bung Karno Stadium, Senayan, where 120,000 labors of Jabodetabek (Jakarta, Bogor, Depok, Tangerang, Bekasi) will take part," Said explained through a written statement on Saturday, April 2014.

    According to Said, the May Day celebration will also be held simultaneously in 20 provinces in Indonesia. Among the simultaneous demonstrations are going to be held at the Governor offices in Bandung for West Java, Semarang for Central Java, Surabaya for East Java, Medan for North Sumatra, and Makassar for South Sulawesi.

    The theme of "Restructuring Indonesia, Forming Prosperous Country" is said to become the grand theme of 2014 May Day celebration. The establishment of the 1st of May to be a national holiday does not make labors to be less in demonstrating their demands. "Moreover, this year is an important year for Indonesia since there will be new president, who will make Indonesia better for the next five years," Said continued.

    During the demonstrations, labors are said to demand the following:

    1.Raise the minimum wage for 2015 by 30 percent and revise the criteria of descent living (KHL) to 84 items.

    2.Reject the suspension of minimum wage establishment.

    3.Commence the compulsory pension assurance for all labors in July 2015.

    4.Commence the health assurance for all people by revoking the Health Minister Decree no. 69/2013 regarding the fee, replace the INA CBG with Fee For Service, and run audit on the Social Security Management Agency (BPJS) for Health and BPJS for Manpower.

    5.Ban outsourcing, especially in the state-owned enterprises.

    6.Approve the Draft of Domestic Workers Law and Revise the Indonesian Manpower Protection Law.

    7.Revoke the Law of Mass Organization and replace it with the Draft of Organization Law.

    8.Change the status of non-permanent teachers to permanent teachers and give Rp1 million subsidies to the non-permanent teachers per month, per person.

    9.Provide affordable transportation means and housing for labors.

    10.Reinforce the 12-year compulsory education and scholarships to the children of labors up to the university level.