Thousands of Indonesian workers protested in front of the parliament building in Jakarta today (10/02) to reject the revision of the manpower law, wage, and health insurance regulations - Photo: Privacy

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Thousands of Indonesian workers protested in the front of the parliament building in Jakarta, today (10/02), to rejected the revision of the manpower ministry law, wage, and health insurance regulations, which they say are discriminatory and will bring down the workers.

“The revision of the manpower law does not improve the workers but it even brings down the workers even more in the midst of cheap wage policies,” president of Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Indonesia (KSPi) Said Iqbal shouted during the rally.

He stressed the mass of workers will continue to fight when the revision harms the workers. Second, he said, workers refused to increase insurance health contributions, especially third class, which was considered to reduce the purchasing power of the community, especially laborers.

Reportedly, the contributions will be increased as of Jan. 1, 2020. First-class contributions will increase from Rp80,000 (US$5.71) to Rp160,000 per month, second class raise from Rp51,000 to Rp110,000 per month. And the third class is planned to increase from Rp25,500 to Rp42,000 per month.

Then, workers collect President Jokowi Widodo‘ promise to revise Government Regulation Number 78 regarding Wages so that workers will be more prosperous.

They convey aspirations to members of the newly inaugurated lawmakers Wednesday. The aspiration delivery activity was guarded by hundreds of police and military personnel.

Previously, chairman of the House’ commission IX Dede Yusuf stated that the parliament and the government agreed not to increase health insurance for third-class. He adds, the contributions were not raised because almost 60 percent of participants were from the lower economic level. But first and second class must be raised in order to deal with the health deficit that occured every year.

Earlier in April, a the May Day 2019, the labors also carried the main agenda to reject low wages. Then increase the component of decent life needs from 64 to 84 items.

Iqbal said the main demand for wages had been approved by President Joko Widodo at a last meeting on April 26. He added that Widodo had promised to announce the regulation changes during the Mayday celebration.

The main problems, he continued, in the 2015 regulation was the lack of opportunities for workers to improve their welfare through wage increases. The regulation does not give laborers many opportunities to negotiate in terms of raising wages.

He also highlighted the abolition of workers’ negotiating rights in the regulation, making the government seem unilateral in determining minimum labor wage data as did some leftist countries.

“The minimum wage data is unilateral from the government. Its like what communist countries like Cuba and North Korea do. Its contrary to various rules on wage laws,” he said.

Beside wage, the labors also urged the government removing outsourcing and apprenticeship under the guise of outsourcing. Second, increasing the benefits of health insurance and pension insurance.

Third, reduce the Basic Electricity Rate and the price of basic food. and fourth, increase the welfare and income of teachers and honorary staff and online motorcycle taxi drivers.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com