Unions express disappointment with president

Submitted by Anon on 20 February, 2005 - 3:55

A group representing 52 trade unions has expressed “disappointment” with the poor performance of new Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during his first 100 days in office.

The trade unions, grouped in the Indonesian Labor Unions Communications Forum, said that Yudhoyono had failed to deliver on campaign promises.

Forum chairman Eggy Sudjana said the government had done nothing to create jobs, to provide legal protection for Indonesians working overseas and failed to stop rampant abuse of Indonesian workers in Malaysia.

Dita Sari, chair of the Indonesian Workers National Front (FNPBI), said that state-owned pension fund PT Jamsostek was still being used as “a cash cow” to bankroll influential state officials and well-connected businesspeople.

The Jakarta Post, 11 February 2005

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