Drivers of application-based ride-hailing company Grab staged a rally on Monday in front of the company’s office at the Lippo building in Kuningan, South Jakarta.
The drivers said they were disappointed to not meet high-ranking officials from the company.
“We are demanding to meet and convey our aspirations to Grab’s CEO, not representatives,” said Dedi Heryantoni, a representative of the drivers.
They said the company had exploited the drivers and it was not transparent when penalizing them.
The company sent Pandu from the external regulatory and government affairs division to meet the protesters. However, they insisted on meeting the company’s managing director, Ridzki Kramadibrata.
Several protesters forced their way into the building’s front yard but the police prevented them from entering the building, kompas.com reported.
South Jakarta Police chief Sr. Comr. Indra Jafar said he hoped that Ridzki would meet with the protesters in the hope that they could disperse quickly after the meeting without having to disturb residents and employees.
“The company said that [Ridzki] has another activity. I actually expect a meeting between them so they would talk to find a solution,” Indra said on the scene, adding that 200 officers were deployed to secure the area. (fac)