Two Million Indonesian Factory Workers Go On Strike

Indonesia’s factories ground to a halt on as millions of workers walked out of their jobs, calling for an increased minimum wage and more workers’ rights and protections, Al Jazeera reported early yesterday:

It is estimated that some two million factory workers will go on strike nationwide on Wednesday. Al Jazeera’s Stepp Vaessen reported from the scene of a strike. “I’m at the biggest industrial zone outside of Jakarta where 800 factories are basically closed down right now because all the workers are standing outside on the streets with banners and motorbikes going around,” she said on Wednesday.

They are protesting against their working conditions and over the work contacts that they have. They say they don’t have any job security and no stability,” she said. The workers [are also] protesting against the practice of outsourcing manpower.

The Jakarta Globe newspaper reported on its website that the unions were expecting some 2.8 million people to go on strike in 21 districts and municipalities and 80 industrial zones across the country.

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  • Anarchy Pony

    Too bad that if they succeed the factory owners will just move their operations, and these workers will be in an even worse position. Isn’t globalization wonderful(no)?

  • Anarchy Pony

    Too bad that if they succeed the factory owners will just move their operations, and these workers will be in an even worse position. Isn’t globalization wonderful(no)?

    • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

      the factory owners, Apple, Nike, IBM, et al
      are waiting to move the factories back to the Homeland
      as soon as things get desperate enough
      and the American worker gets docile enough

    • alizardx

      Where? What’s needed is a new place with easy transportation access, a workforce educated enough to be trainable with high enough unemployment to make for cheap labor, and at least semi-reliable infrastructure. What’s left on the planet with these characteristics that isn’t already  in use? Would you like to start a factory from a greenfield site in the middle of an jungle?

      • Anarchy Tailypo

        Africa’s next.

      • Anarchy Tailypo

        Africa’s next.

  • Stupidamerican

    but i want my iphone NOW!

  • Stupidamerican

    but i want my iphone NOW!

  • I_abide

    Sooner or later these companies will run out of countries to exploit as workers realize they are owed the right to be treated with at least some common decency.