Passengers stranded as Transjakarta drivers go on strike
A dozen Transjakarta bus drivers plying the Corridor III Harmoni-Kalideres route held a strike at Rawa Buaya station and Kalideres station on Wednesday morning to demand a wage increase.
“We only demand fairness [from the administration],” said one of protesters, Bustomi, as quoted by kompas.com.
According to him, the drivers demanded the Jakarta administration to raise the salary in line with the provincial minimum wage of Rp 1.5 million (US$165) from their current salary of Rp 1.2 million.
The strike left hundreds of passengers stranded at bus stops along the corridor.
Irwan, a resident of Depok, West Java, grumbled that he found it difficult to reach his office in Kalideres, West Jakarta from Juanda railway station in Central Jakarta.
“Public buses [other than Transjakarta buses] rarely pass this route,” said Irwan as quoted by Antara.
Another passenger, Yuli, lamented the strike.
“They [the drivers] should not have gone on strike as they have only disturbed the public’s daily activities. It’s okay to speak for their demands, but please do not go on strike,” said Yuli, who had to dig deeper into her pocket for a taxi fare. (cor/dmr)
Source: Jakarta Post, 29 February 2012