Indonesia must head off industrial unrest

ABOUT two million workers across Indonesia were to have gone on strike last week to demand the government increase their wages by 50 per cent. It was intended that workers would down tools across 22 provinces and the action would be extended if the government did not respond to their demands. The call for the strike action by the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Union failed to draw millions. Several thousand workers did, however, go on strike. There were some demonstrations on the streets of...

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