Fwd (GLW): INDONESIA: Police target PRD after strike wave

Alan Bradley abradley1 at bigpond.com
Mon Jun 25 07:08:00 MDT 2001


The following article appears in the current issue of Green Left Weekly:

INDONESIA: Police target PRD after strike wave
BY NICK EVERETT & REBECCA MECKELBURG

BANDUNG - Police have arrested six members of the radical People's
Democratic Party (PRD) in West Java, in an attempt to repress the largest
strike the Indonesian province has seen since the coming to power of Suharto
in 1965-66.

More than 20,000 workers from 24 Bandung factories took strike action from
June 13, and were joined on June 15 by thousands of angkutan (minibus)
drivers, demanding the withdrawal of a government decree annulling
employers' obligations to make redundancy payments to sacked workers.

Workers were also fearful of the impact of cuts in fuel subsidies and a
resultant 30% increase in petrol prices, due to come into effect on June 15.

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Rest of article at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/current/453p20.htm







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