Tuesday, May 1, 2012

On Strike During National Labor Day

By on 2:28 AM

Bus Rapid Transit Versus Mikrolet Angkot

Indonesia’s National Labor Day that falls on May 1st which is now, May 1st, 2012, being celebrated by going on strike. In Bandar Lampung all drivers of public transports (supir mikrolet) for all routes in Bandar Lampung is launching a strike. They are all not operating their vehicles for the whole day celebrating National Labor Day (Hari Buruh Nasional). This has caused public transport users to have difficulty going around. The situation has made the streets look lonely and commercial motorcycle riders (tukang ojek) are being high in demand. “There is no other choice. We have to go home by ojek”, said one of the employees who were waiting uselessly for a bus to get home.

How long will this strike are going on? No one knows. According to a person I talked to, he said that the strike was intended to satirize the government that has been unfair with laborers.  The statement could not be justified simply without facts. We are not sure why laborers (not all laborers in fact) have decided to go on strike on the Labor Day. In fact, they can do it anytime they like.

The strike could be because of the Bus Rapid Transit operations which have expanded to more areas, threatening them to lose their income from passengers. But in my opinion Bus Rapid Transit services are much better in terms of comfort and safety. All buses are air conditioned, and drivers are not like mikrolet drivers who often drive wildly causing passengers to be scared of the vehicles falling over.