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Traditional Balinese music enlivens May Day rally in Denpasar

Okezone - May 1, 2016

Puji Sukiswanti, Denpasar – Hundreds of workers from the United Balinese Labour Alliance (ABBB) held a rally to commemorate International Labour Day which falls on May 1.

The action was accompanied by music from traditional Balinese gamelan and sang sakala whistles which were used as signal for the workers to shout slogans and to add to the spirit of the protest.

The workers began the action at 8am by marching around the Niti Mandala square in Renon, Denpasar. Many local residents witnessed the action as it was being held on a Sunday and upon hearing the workers' shouts of solidarity joined in to shout along with the workers.

ABBB action coordinator Ida I Dewa Made Rai Budi Darsana said that this Labour Day was a sign of thankfulness and concern for workers in Bali who are still far from enjoying dignity or prosperity.

The ABBB he said are demanding, among other things, the implementation of a sectoral minimum wage. "Up until now companies rarely apply the UMK [municipal minimum wage] or the UMP [provincial minimum wage]. It's only on paper", he said in Renon on Sunday May 1.

In addition to this, the workers also rejected low wages and called for the abolition of outsourcing which does not treat workers humanly. Bali, which carries the title of the "Island of Paradise", is not a paradise for workers. Moreover since the enactment of Industrial Regulation 19/2012, workers have become victims of outsourcing.

"We also demand the abolition of contract labour systems. The current contract labour system mechanism using an 'on and off' system where when the contract period is up companies do not want to change the status of a worker to a permanent worker", he said. (erh)

[Slightly abridged translation by James Balowski for the Indoleft news service. The original title of the report was Aksi Buruh di Bali Diiringi Musik Bale Ganjur.]

Source: http://news.okezone.com/read/2016/05/01/340/1377337/aksi-buruh-di-bali-diiringi-musik-bale-ganjur.

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