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Surabaya workers call for Marsinah be declared a Workers Hero

Tribune News - May 1, 2014

Surya Mujib Anwar, Surabaya – Demonstrators from a number of different groups in East Java have begun arriving at the grounds of Governor Suryo in front of the State Grahadi building in the provincial capital of Surabaya on Thursday May 1.

The demonstrators come from several labour and student organisations such as the National Trade Union (SPN), the Indonesian National Students Movement (GMNI), the Republic of Indonesia Student Brigade (LAMRI), the Indonesian Labor Union Confederation (GASPERMINDO), the National Solidarity Committee (KSN), the DES Trade Union (SB DES) and the Populist Trade Union Federation (FSBK).

Andi Peci, one of the action coordinators, said that during the action to commemorate International Labour Day this year the group is rejecting low wages and demanding the immediate enactment of sectoral wages and the abolition of outsourcing.

"Aside from this, we the workers of Indonesia are also demanding that the government declare Marsinah to be a Workers Hero", asserted Peci, which was immediately followed cheers and cries of "Viva the Workers".

Notes

Marsinah was a women activist who was murdered on May 8, 1993 after leading a strike at a watch factory in Surabaya, East Java. She has since become a symbol and hero of the Indonesian labour struggle.

Source: https://id.berita.yahoo.com/buruh-surabaya-tuntut-marsinah-diresmikan-jadi-pahlawan-072759282.html.

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service.]

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