National resistance movement paralyzes industrial areas in Karawang

Solidarity Net – November 25, 2015
Workers protest against new wage regulation in Jakarta - November 25, 2015 (Liputan6)
Workers protest against new wage regulation in Jakarta - November 25, 2015 (Liputan6)

Jakarta – Rejecting Government Regulation (PP) Number 78/2015 on Wages, the Fraternity of Indonesian Muslim Workers (PPMI) together with the United People’s Committee (KPR) launched a national resistance movement on Tuesday November 24, which was marked by a convoy action.

As a result of the convey by around 75 thousand protesters, several industrial areas were totally paralyzed including the Karawang International Industrial City (KIIC) area, the Surya Cipta industrial estate and the Indotaise industrial estate in Cikampek, along with the Klari-Cikampek Java North Coast Road which is used to exit the factory areas.

The PPMI said that the government has failed to listen to workers’ demands through protest actions demanding the repeal of the PP on wages so a national resistance movement is needed.

According to instruction number 98/A/DPP PPMI/XI/2015 dated November 23 and signed by PPMI president Ahmad Fuad Anwar PPMI secretary general Mas’Ud Ibnu Rasyid, this national resistance movement will be protesting on November 24-27 in several different industrial areas and other strategic points to covey the wishes and desires of workers.

In addition to the Karawang, Purwakarta and Bekasi chapters of the PPMI, several other organisations that make up the KPR will also take part including the Solidarity Alliance for Labour Struggle (GSPB), the National Labour Movement Centre (SGBN), the Indonesian Multi-Sector Trade Union Federation (F-SPASI), the PPMI-All Indonesian Workers Union (PPMI-SPSI), the Indonesian Cultural Society Union (SEBUMI NANBU), the Independent Workers Solidarity Movement (GSBM), the Bekasi Health and Pharmacy Trade Union (Farkes bekasi), the Indonesian Migrant Workers Trade Union (SBMI), the Populist Democratic Trade Union (Sedar), Solidarity Net (Solidaritas.Net), the Johnson Trade Union (SP Johnson), the Movement for State Owned Enterprise Employees (Geber BUMN), the People’s Youth Movement Centre (SGMK), the Student Struggle Center for National Liberation (PEMBEBASAN), the Working People’s Association-Organisational Saviours (KPO-PRP), the People’s Liberation Party (PPR), the Indonesian People’s United Resistance (PPRI), the Jakarta Legal Aid Foundation (LBH-Jakarta), the Bekasi Boundary All Indonesia Democratic Trade Union Federation (F-SBDSI TAPAL BATAS), the Indonesian People’s Union of Struggle (SPRI), the Karawang Interdependent Trade Union Forum (Forum SP Mandiri Karawang) and the Karawang Indonesian Christian Communication Forum (FKKI Karawang).

[Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was Gerakan Perlawanan Nasional Lumpuhkan Kawasan Industri di Karawang.]