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Workers press for safety net law
May Day rally calls for action on social security law to help with health, educationMore than 5,000 workers marched through streets in Jakarta yesterday
- Konradus Epa, Jakarta
- May 2, 2011
The Indonesian parliament only started debates on the bill last year, and the workers want the government to pass the bill urgently.
â€śThe bill on social security is important for our future. We want the government to regulate the social security for workers, such as health care and education,â€ť Harris Hidayat, one of the protesters, said in his speech at the May 1 rally in front of the presidential palace in Jakarta.
Hidayat said the government has enough money and is able to provide social security for workers, instead of allowing it to be lost to corruption.
Nur Shinta, a 34-year-old garment factory worker, admitted she cannot afford health insurance for her family as well as her childrenâ€™s education.
â€śMy salary is only 800,000 rupiah (about US$94) a month. I am confused now because my daughter will go to school next year,â€ť she said.
She said her monthly salary is only enough to meet her familyâ€™s daily needs and to pay for rent and transport.
Also joining the protest was Lukas Gatot Widyanata, head of Jakarta archdioceseâ€™s labor services bureau.
â€śWe support the workersâ€™ demands on social security. Without it, they cannot pay their health insurance and afford their childrenâ€™s education fee as well,â€ť Widyanata said.
He said his bureau has built up a network with parishes and some businessmen in the archdiocese to help dismissed workers with their health care and education.
Indonesia urged to protect its workers