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Women workers in Jakarta call for equal pay, reject free market

Okezone.com - March 8, 2015

Jakarta – Commemorating International Women's Day (IWD), scores of workers from the International Women's Day United Struggle Committee (KPPIWD) held a protest action at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle in Central Jakarta on Sunday March 8.

The women's workers were demanding rights and welfare for women workers. They also affirmed their firm opposition to the agenda of liberalisation or free market that is being packaged under the agenda of the ASIAN Economic Community (AEC).

"The AEC agenda will hurt Indonesia greatly, particularly workers", said one of the workers Qori in a speech.

The protesters, who had gathered in front of Hotel Indonesia, plan to continue conveying their demands at the State Palace. After this, they will head off to the action at the Constitutional Court, which is located not far from the Palace.

In addition to this, the workers also called on the administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to abolish contract labour systems and outsourcing and to given equal wages to women workers. (raw)

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Harapan Buruh Wanita pada International Women's Day.]

Source: http://news.okezone.com/read/2015/03/08/337/1115343/harapan-buruh-wanita-pada-international-women-s-day.

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