Medan, N Sumatra (ANTARA) - Thousands of workers staged a rally in front of the North Sumatra Provincial Legislative Assembly (DPRD) Building at Imam Bonjol Street in Medan, North Sumatra, Wednesday. Some of the demonstrating workers riding motorcycles and two command cars began to arrive at the scene at around 11.50 a.m. local time, an ANTARA journalist observed.

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The workers who claimed to be members of All-Indonesia Labor Union (SPSI) voiced a three-point demand including rejecting the revision of Law No. 13 of 2003 on Manpower, a rise in fees on health care and social security (BPJS Kesehatan, and asking President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to fulfil his pledge to revise Government Regulation No. 78 of 2015.

"This rally is a peaceful one because workers have put their trust in and pin their hopes on President Jokowi during his second term of office," one of the rally's orators aboard the command car said.

By Wednesday afternoon, the demonstrating workers were still there in front of the DPRD building while voicing their demands.


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Translator: Nur Aprilliana Sitorus, Suhart
Editor: Azizah Fitriyanti
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