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Global union leader supports demands by Indonesian workers

13.02.2014

International labour leader and General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, Jyrki Raina will be joined by Indonesian trade union hero Said Iqbal for a press conference on 14 February 2014.

Press Conference

Date:               Friday 14 February 2014

Place:              Hotel Mega Proklamasi, JL Proklamasi No. 40-42, Jakarta Pusat

Time:               10:00 - 11:30  Local Time

Attending:    

Jyrki Raina, General Secretary, IndustriALL Global Union

Said Iqbal, President of the Indonesian trade union confederation KSPI and metalworkers’ union FSPMI

International labour leader and General Secretary of IndustriALL Global Union, Jyrki Raina will be joined by Indonesian trade union hero Said Iqbal for a press conference on 14 February 2014.

The conference follows discussions with high-level government officials.

Raina backs the campaign of Indonesian trade unions for continued increases of minimum wages to secure a living wage, the social security reform and limiting outsourcing in favour of decent jobs.

He is also concerned that the universal health insurance, which was meant to apply all citizens from January, still leaves 10 million people lacking cover. It is important to secure the pension reform agreed to enter into force as of 1 July 2015. Employers’ attempts to draw back already adopted reforms are a threat to social peace and Indonesia’s path towards prosperity for all citizens.

During his visit to Indonesia from 11 to 15 February, Raina will attend mass rallies and other events with the Indonesian Metalworkers Federation (FSPMI) and the Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI), as well as take part in a meeting with the IndustriALL Indonesia Council of twelve affiliated unions.

Raina is the architect of IndustriALL’s groundbreaking Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety, which sets out to improve working conditions for garment workers following the Rana Plaza disaster that killed 1,129 people.

IndustriALL Global Union represents 50 million workers in 140 countries in the mining, energy and manufacturing sectors and is a new force in global solidarity taking up the fight for better working conditions and trade union rights around the world.