PSI affiliate, the Pharmaceutical and Health Workers Union (FSP FARKES R) was represented by 1,200 strong members around Jakarta’s industrial areas and hospital workers joined the rally together with their confederation, Konfederasi Serikat Pekerja Indonesia (KSPI).
This May Day the workers demanded the government raise minimum wage and abolish the government regulation (PP) No 78/2015 on minimum wage. As consequence of this new formula for calculating salaries, unions lose annual bargaining rights under the wage council. PSI affiliates called for a stop to outsourcing, free social security and extended public health coverage.
The workers marched peacefully to the presidential headquarters to submit their demands but the police forces blocked the road to the State Palace with barbed wire fences. Workers were agitated and threatened to break the fence but no violence was reported.