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Air catering service workers hold demo

Antara - June 16, 1998

Jakarta – Some 300 employees of PT Aerowisata Catering Service (ACS), a subsidiary of flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, staged a demonstration at the Garuda building here Tuesday to press several demands, including full payment of old-age allowance to company pensioners.

The demonstrators had gathered in front of the Garuda headquarters building near the National Monument in central Jakarta since 8.30 a.m. About 15 minutes later, seven of their representatives were received by a member of Garuda's board of directors, Technical Director Oka Wiradarma. After the meeting with Wiradarma, one of the workers' delegation members, Aliansyah, said among the 14 demands they had submitted was that Garuda be purged of corrupt, collusive and nepotistic practices, particularly in the holding of tenders.

Other demands were dismissal of Angsana Boga cooperative's executive board, a stop to workers' retrenchment and greater attention to workers' welfare. Aliansyah further said, the workers delegation had also told the Garuda director about irregularities and collusive practices in food material procurement in ACS.

Wiradarma, according to Aliansyah, had taken note of the workers' demands and promised to pass them on to Garuda's board of directors . The Garuda director also expressed the hope that despite the workers' rally, ACS' operations would be conducted without interruption. ACS supplies food and other consumables not only to Garuda but also to other airlines' flights.