Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Laborers of 35 alliances grouped in the "Labor Movement for the People" have urged the government to lift Regulation PP No.78 of 2015 on Labor Wages during a rally to observe May Day here, Tuesday.

The alliance of the workers` movement opined that the revocation of PP No.78 of 2015 was the first step in the efforts to create a just national wage system.

"Apart from the decent wages and withdrawal of PP No.78 of 2015, we also demand that the government should consistently combat corruption, increase subsidies for the people, especially in the education, health, energy, housing, and transportation sectors, and commit to realizing agrarian reform," they noted in a joint statement received by ANTARA in Jakarta on Tuesday.

At least nine demands were submitted by the "Workers` Movement for the People" in a rally themed: "Build Alternative Politics to Establish Justice Indonesia."

"Other demands are that we reject the International Monetary Fund meeting in Indonesia and request that all forms of criminalization against the people (laborers, peasants, urban poor, and students) be stopped, and we urge the government to improve the protection of seafarers from Indonesia, migrants, and domestic workers. In our last demand, we call on the government to improve the protection of women`s rights, "he added.

The nine demands were voiced by some 30 thousand workers and students from 35 community organizations in a rally held simultaneously in 18 provinces to commemorate International Labor Day that falls on May 1 every year.

Workers` organizations incorporated in the alliance include the Confederation of the Indonesian Workers Union, Confederation of the Alliance of Indonesian Trade Unions, Central Labor Movement of the National Labor, Joint Labor Union, FKI, Federation of Independent Trade Unions, Jarkom SP Banking, Combined Workers Struggle Solidarity, SP Jhonnson, KSN, and PPI.

In addition to the workers, students from the Popular Student Front, Indonesian Student Union, National Student League for Democracy, Democratic Student Union, Progressive Student Union University of Indonesia, Indonesian National Student Movement East Jakarta, and Patriotic Youth Movement Indonesia, among others, participated in the "Workers` Movement for the People."

Several non-governmental organizations incorporated in the labor alliance, include the Trade Union Rights Center, Agrarian Reform Consortium, Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation, People`s Coalition for Fisheries Justice, Migrant Care, People`s Politics, Indonesian Farmers Alliance, and Mahardhika Women.

Reported by Genta Tenri Mawangi

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