Things to Know About Labor Day in Indonesia 

The majority of nations worldwide celebrate Labor Day. The Soviet Union officially endorsed it in the 20th century. In the Cold War era, Labor Day was also observed as an international day of solidarity for workers, particularly in communist nations.

At first, the celebrations of Labor Day in Indonesia were forbidden. Anyone who took part was imprisoned, which prevented Indonesians from voicing their concerns. It was in 1998 that Suharto’s policies were no longer accepted.

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Labor Day did not become a national holiday until 2013. On May 1, 2014, Indonesia officially celebrated the day for the first time. The Workers’ March is the most important Labor Day in Indonesia. A lot of people march to the Presidential Palace to express their worries. There will be signs, flags, banners, etc. It is different from the New Order era of Suharto, when workers were allowed to express their opinions. (

Indonesians typically gather in Jakarta on Labor Day to participate in the Workers’ March toward the Presidential Palace. To express their concerns to the public, hundreds of thousands of employees hold posters, banners, and other types of protest materials. Some employees of the same business or industry decide to dress in their uniform so that everyone recognizes what company they work for. Along with this, they usually voice their discontent over the low or unchanged minimum wage.

source: 3ecpa

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