500 outsourcing workers stage protest in port

Some 500 outsourcing workers of PT Jakarta International Container Terminal (JICT) staged a protest on Monday before the main gate of the Tanjung Priok port, North Jakarta demaning a permanent employee status.

"We have been working at the firm main division for 15 to 20 years but we have yet to become permanent employees," Sutimanto, chairman of the JICT outsourcing worker association, said as quoted by Kompas.com. "The labor law bans a company from outsourcing jobs in its main division."

He added an outsourcing worker only earned Rp 1.3 million (US$140) a month, far below a permanent worker who could get a salary of Rp 13 million a month.

The protest caused traffic congestion on Jl. Yos Sudarso.