JAKARTA: An alliance of trade unions held a rally Thursday in front of the National Police headquarters in South Jakarta to demand police stay neutral in disputes between workers and employers.
"We feel that the police often side with employers in the middle of heated discussions between employers and their workers," the alliance's coordinator Anwar Sastro said.
He said police often sent unnecessary numbers of officers to workers' demonstration and abused their power by arresting some workers on the basis of biased reports from employers.
National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Sisno Adiwinoto said police would stay neutral in labor disputes in order to protect public order.