Thousands of Workers Rally in Jakarta for Better Health Care, Wages
Thousands of workers on Wednesday marched together in Jakarta to protest against low wages and to demand that the government implement health care coverage for Indonesians.
Protestors from the Indonesian Prosperous Labor Union Confederation (KSBSI), All Indonesia Labor Union Confederations (KSBI), Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) and the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI), marched from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta to the Health Ministry’s office in South Jakarta, causing traffic jams in from Jalan Jend. Sudirman to Jalan MH Thamrin.
Said Iqbal, the president of KSPI, said on Tuesday that the protestors were demanding the government provide health care coverage for all Indonesians by January 2014. They were also requesting that workers who received the minimum wage to be included in the Premium Payment Assistance (PBI) program.
The workers also planned to march to the State Palace, Coordinating Ministry for People’s Welfare, the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry and the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry.
Sr. Comr. Rikwanto, the Jakarta Police spokesman, said the police would redirect traffic if necessary.
“Traffic redirection will be done according to the situation,” he said.