Friday, January 26, 2007

Emergency service workers go on strike

The Jakarta Post
January 26, 2007

JAKARTA: More than 200 members of the Emergency Ambulance 118 Workers Union rallied Thursday at the Hotel Indonesia traffic, demanding the city administration expedite the establishment of the regional public service board to accommodate them.

"Our employment status is unclear. We are caught between the categories of permanent and contract worker," said protest coordinator Arif Fatahillah.

The union said the foundation that established the service had failed its 316 workers by not improving the terms and conditions of their employment.

A worker is paid between Rp 800,000 (US$90) and Rp 100,000 per month without allowances.

"We are not asking the city administration to make us civil servants, we just want job security as compensation for having to deal with critical incidents and people who are in distress," Arif said.

The workers dispersed at noon after staging a short drama that "spoke to the issue at hand". -- JP



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