Four union confederations are concerned about various comments aired by both employers and government regarding some worker actions to uphold their economic interests. The actions are to demand wage increment but are accused of disturbing investment and economic growth. Minister of Manpower and Transmigration even stated in a newspaper, the Jakarta Globe (Friday 3 February 2012), that some workers’ demonstrations and protests had been stumbling blocks to economic development.
Wage is a complicated think. However, wage level in Indonesia is relatively too low and its increment could not compensate to inflation rate, especially inflation in food prices. According to Statistic Agency (BPS), food prices rose by 16% in 2010 while worker wage only increase by 6%.
Regarding this concern, the four confederations will hold a press-conference on Monday, 6 February 2012 at 10.00 – 11.00 at Sekretariat Bersama Pakta Lapangan Kerja Indonesia office: Gedung Kesatuan Pelaut Indonesia (KPI) Lantai 3, Jl. Cikini Raya No. 58 AA/BB Jakarta Pusat 10330 Telp: +62 (0) 21 31931032 E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to discuss about wage, the four confederations will also discuss some concerns about freedom of association and worker rights to protest and demonstrate. Comments from government, especially from National Armed Force (TNI)/National Police (Polri) in which they would take repressive actions to handle worker actions, reflect a failure to exercise freedom of association and rights to organize in Indonesia (read the news: Pangdam Jaya: TNI Bakal Pukul Mundur Buruh and Hatta Rajasa’s statement “Demo Buruh Kemarin yang Pertama dan Terakhir”)
We invite print media and television/radio stations to attend to the press-conference so they will have clearer picture on this matter from Indonesia worker movement perspective. For further information, please contact secretary of IJP Joint-Secretariat, Ms. Indah Budiarti, through its cellular (HP): 08118161027 or E-mail ke: email@example.com