Roughly 5,000 members of state postal company Pos Indonesia’s workers union on Thursday launched a three-day strike to demand better pay and pension benefits, among other things.
The spokesman for the workers union (SPPI), Gibson S. Nababan, said in Jakarta on Thursday that post officers across the country were taking part in the strike, and that a considerable number of retired Pos Indonesia employees were supporting the action as well.
The strike participants are urging the board of directors of Pos Indonesia to meet six demands, including an increased proportion of base salary relative to overall take-home pay and an increased pension.
Gibson said currently, base pay constituted only 15 percent of the total take-home pay each Pos Indonesia employee received. The strikers want that proportion to be increased to 75 percent.
Pension payments, meanwhile, only amount to 45 percent of an employee’s salary at retirement, which is lower than the average civil servant retirees receive.
The SPPI is also speaking out against the company’s outsourcing practices, saying 30 percent of the Pos Indonesia workforce is now subcontracted. The union is demanding the implementation of better workplace safety precautions as well.
They are also demanding expanded employer-provided health care coverage and are protesting the most recent restructuring of the company. The strikers say the new structure has been a waste of money and has done nothing to improve employees’ welfare.
“In the capital [Jakarta], we’re doing a rally as part of the strike at a Pos Indonesia office on Jalan Gedung Kesenian, in front of the Communication and Information Ministry office and the State-Owned Enterprises Ministry tower,” Gibson said in front of the State Enterprises Ministry office, amid a crowd of protesters.