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May Day rally in Bandung slams companies for sacking pregnant workers

Metro TV News - May 1, 2015

Bandung – More than 3,000 workers demonstrated in front of the governor's office at the Gedung Sate building in the West Java provincial capital of Bandung demanding that companies pay more attention to their rights, particularly the rights of women workers.

"We can see that workers' rights at the moment are still emasculated by the big companies that employ workers", said Indonesian Trade Union Congress Alliance (KASBI) Cimahi branch secretary Dadan when speaking with Metro TV News on Friday May 1.

According to Dadan, workers in Indonesia, the majority of which are women, need serious attention. How is it that there are still companies that often dismiss women employees because they become pregnant.

"Women [workers] must be protected, such as providing menstrual leave, maternity leave as well as receiving decent wages, not instead dismissed on account of being pregnant, and this is sill happening in our country", he said.

The workers demonstrating at the Gedung Sate building represent an alliance of workers from five regencies and cities including Sumedang regency, Bandung regency, Cimahi city, Bandung city and Garut regency. (BOB)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Buruh Tuntut tak Ada Lagi PHK karena Karyawan Perempuan Hamil.]

Source: http://jabar.metrotvnews.com/read/2015/05/01/121536/buruh-tuntut-tak-ada-lagi-phk-karena-karyawan-perempuan-hamil.

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