Jakarta Shop-Workers Face Ramadan Rip-Off!


Last week I had a startling conversation with an employee at one of Jakarta’s (and Indonesia’s) largest and best-known department stores.

It was startling, to me, for several reasons.

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Firstly, the sheer exploitative, arrogant character of the management – they have warned their workers that, during the imminent Ramadan month, their hours will be extended, unilaterally…

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…and that NO overtime will be paid.

Nor will they be given time off in future to make up for this disgusting rip-off.

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President Jokowi

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At any time of year, this would be an affront to President Jokowi’s call for a Mind-Set Revolution…

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…his idea being to bring his country into the modern world and shuck off the mediaeval mentality of corruption and exploitation…

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…but during Ramadan (NB Indonesia is 90% Muslim) people struggle through hours of broiling hot days, denied food and drink by their fasting rule, and are inevitably exhausted by nightfall.

The LAST thing they need is to be forced to toil for longer than their proper working day hours…

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….especially if their miserable, mean-spirited management won’t even pay fair remuneration for those illegitimate hours.

What is even more astounding, arguably, is that the Indonesian media have not picked up on this outrage.

Since my innocent conversation companion dares not risk identification – that would result in immediate victimisation – I can’t identify the guilty.

But if even one or two enterprising journos went out and about…

 

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In Jakarta’s beautiful sunny weather it’s fun to be out and about! But not if you can’t slake your thirst.

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…and hung around the malls ( in South Jakarta- not every branch may be run by nasty slugs, so I offer that as a clue, to narrow down the range of enquiry required) they could easily spot department store staff by their uniforms and ask them, on or off the record, what’s going on.

PS – Oya, I’m also told that the same branch has laid down a specific time slot for their workers to use the toilet – all 100 plus of them!