Posted: September 18, 2012 in Uncategorized

Many countries have multiple peak union bodies: the USA has two and Japan and Indonesia each have three. The benefit is that these organisations are more united internally but the downside is that, unless they speak together, the message can appear muddled and confused. This May Day, Indonesia’s confederations all managed to speak as one, calling for an end to outsourcing, universal social security, higher wages, protection of the right to organise and recognition of domestic workers. Good stuff!


Three Indonesian union confederations, KSPI (Confederation of Indonesia Trade Unions), KSBSI (Confederation of Prosperous Indonesia Labor Unions) and KSPSI (Confederation of All Indonesia Trade Unions) along with their affiliates poured into the main street of Jakarta to celebrate May Day Rally amid a strict security from police and security force. The rally started from Hotel Indonesia Boulevard (Bundaran HI) to Constitution Court (Mahkamah Konstitusi – MK) and finally the mass gathered and held a stage in front of Presidential Palace. The event continued with labour big meeting (Rapat Akbar Buruh) at Gelora Bung Karno with participation of about 100,000 labours.

On the event, the three confederations formed an unprecedented “Majelis Pekerja Buruh Indonesia” (Indonesia Workers-Labours Council). The council establishment should be an important point for labour unity and inspiration for reformation of united labour movement in Indonesia. 

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  1. marksolock says:

    Reblogged this on Mark Solock Blog.

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