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In Jakarta, a Women’s Movement Leads the Fight Against Water Privatization

In Jakarta, a women’s movement is leading the fight against water privatization. Peoples Dispatch spoke to Dinda Nuur Anisaa Yura from Solidaritas Perempuan (Women’s Solidarity for Human Rights) about the movement against water privatization. “If the RCEP [Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, a mega free trade deal] comes, then there will not only be two companies to control the water resources, but it will further privatize water in Indonesia. There are very few communities who can still access water for free now and in the future, with RCEP and other trade agreements, we will have much less access to water resources as all of it will be grabbed [by corporates] and it will cost us our sovereignty.”

Source: NewsClick

Group challenges judicial review on water privatization

Indonesia: The Coalition of Jakarta Residents Opposed to Water Privatization (KMMSAJ) has submitted to the Central Jakarta District Court a counter memorandum to the judicial review on the water privatization case filed by the Finance Ministry. “‘The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of civil society. We're very disappointed that the Finance Ministry still cannot accept it,’ the plaintiffs' representative, Nurhidayah, said on Tuesday, as quoted by Through the judicial review, the Finance Ministry is attempting to challenge the Supreme Court's decision.”

Source: The Jakarta Post

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Critical Review of Jakarta Water Concession Contract

The process of Jakarta water privatization involved corruption and collusion, to exploit economic profit through the influence of political power. It is not surprising that later the private operators’ performance is not satisfactory. On the other hand, the contract is too advantageous for the private operators: it enables the private operators to gain high profit while being practically free from business risk, enables the performance standard to be flexibly adjusted, puts the water utility into termination trap, and causes prolonged problem of unclear workers’ status. If the current contract is continued, it harms the water utility, workers, and the citizen of Jakarta. Amrta Institute and Public Services International


The sale of Palyja and Aetra: The two companies that supply drinking water in Jakarta

Since 1997, the supply of drinking water in Jakarta has been entrusted to two private operators — PT PAM Lyonnaise Jaya (Palyja) and PT Aetra Air Jakarta (Aetra). Palyja, whose majority of shares are owned by the French company Suez Environment, manages the water distribution in the West and South of Central Jakarta, while Aetra, owned to 95% by Singapore-based Acuatico, handles the Eastern and Northern parts of Central Jakarta.


No Pro-poor Agenda in Jakarta Water Concession

Jakarta water service concession is basically not designed to deliver service for the poor community. This report shows how the payment system applies the disparity between water charge (money paid by the water utility to private operators) and water tariff (money paid by customers to the water utility). The disparity frequently causes shortfall in the water utility’s side because of the wide gap between them. As the water utility’s debt increases, it is reasonable for the private operators to preferably deliver the service to rich-commercial customer because this group pay higher tariff, so that a high income can be maintained. September 2010, produced by Amrta Institute for Water Literacy and KRuHA-people's coalition for the rights to water

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Jakarta Water Labor Union's Rally December 2010

In December 2010, hundreds of water union workers in Jakarta (Indonesia) protested against the privatisation of water services in the city. The workers demanded an end to contracts with private foreign companies Suez and Thames on the grounds that they have not brought their promised investments and service improvements, and have worsened labour conditions for workers.

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