Indonesian Employers Association chairman Sofjan Wanandi said on Thursday that the association expected the police to be on the alert in the event of a labor strike, preventing it from turning into a riot.
“Indonesia’s economy is currently growing. If the strike turns into a riot, we would lose our investors and the country could once again be trapped in crisis,” Sofjan said in a meeting to discuss security measures needed for the possible upcoming strike.
Around 2 million workers in several locations in Indonesia — including Jakarta, Bogor, Tangerang, Bekasi and Karawang — plan to strike from Sept. 25 to Oct. 15 to demand wage increases, health insurance and the abolishment of outsourcing employment.
Said Iqbal, the Action Committee for Social Security secretary-general, had previously stated in a meeting attended by the city police and several labor organizations on Tuesday that the strike would be canceled if the three demands were fulfilled.
Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Untung S. Rajab said that the police were less involved in the tripartite dialogues between the government, the association and the workers union but always ended up as the black sheep during riots.
“Police can be the mediator between employers and workers. We have to be more involved, such as conducting this kind of dialogue more often.”