(AP) Thousands of laborers across Indonesia are on a two-day strike demanding benefits and higher pay while protesting the hiring of contract workers.
Said Iqbal, chairman of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions, estimates about 2 million workers in 20 of the country's 34 provinces walked off the job Thursday. Police say the numbers are much lower because many ignored the call to strike.
Iqbal says the main demand is a 50 percent minimum wage hike, which would raise salaries in the capital, Jakarta, to 3.7 million rupiah ($330) per month.
At least three people were injured after being stabbed during a clash with members of a youth organization angry that some laborers were being forced to strike.
More than 17,300 security forces were deployed to safeguard Jakarta and surrounding areas.