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Protesting workers in Surabaya blockades governor's office

Media Indonesia - May 1, 2012

Faishol, Surabaya Ė Thousands of workers from various parts of East Java poured into the grounds of the State Grahadi Building in the East Java provincial capital of Surabaya.

They also blockaded the road in front of the East Java governor's official office where they gave speeches, forcing a number of lanes of traffic to be redirected.

The commemoration of this year's May Day was uses as a momentum by the Indonesian Metal Trade Workers Federation (FSPMI) to articulate their demands, namely the abolition of outsourcing, rejecting low wages and for revisions to Ministry of Labour Regulation Number 17/2005, which only includes 46 reasonable living cost index components.

Hery Mardyanto, the head of the FSPMI Surabaya branch, said that the trade union is asking for a total of 86 reasonable living cost index components. The most crucial of which is schooling fees and the price of fuel.

They also called on the government to immediately realise social security services that are planned to be socialised in February 2014, particularly for workers.

A short time earlier, around 50 protesters from the Federated Indonesian Trade Union Alliance Front (FASBI) joined the FSPMI action in front of the State Grahadi Building. (FL/OL-10)

[Buruh Blokade Jalan Depan Gedung Grahadi - Media Indonesia. Selasa, 01 Mei 2012. Abridged translation by James Balowski.]

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