Thu, 25 Sep 2003

Employees seek House help over pay

JAKARTA: A number of employees of airline company P.T. Indonesian Airlines (IA) went to the House of Representatives (DPR) on Wednesday to demand that the company pay their salaries.

The employees, who were accompanied by lawyer Finantha Rudi, met with legislators from the Reform faction.

"We have reported this case to police, but there has been no response," Finantha said after the meeting.

The employees said that they had received no pay since May 2003 and in June, they received only 25 percent of their salary for March.

In April 2003, IA could not maintain its regular flight schedule due to financial difficulties.

The company is partly owned by Santayana Kiemas, a brother of Taufik Kiemas, the husband of President Megawati Soekarnoputri. -- JP