A series of protests over low-wages in Indonesia has thrown the country's fledgling union movement into the spotlight.
Over the past few years, Indonesia has achieved faster growth than any other major emerging economy other than China, but the new wealth isn't being spread around equally.
Last week, up to 10,000 workers took to the streets to protest against low wages and a new social security law that will require them to pay for health services.
Said Iqbal, from the Indonesian Confederation Union of Workers, has told Australia Network's every action they take is making them feel stronger.
"Yes of course we are happy, this is our struggle for the better life, for all people, not just for labour." The demands aren't new - like workers everywhere they are fighting for improved wages and conditions.
Indonesia Director with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Peter van Rooij says the fledgling labour movement is finding strength, in an unprecedented show of cooperation.
"We see they're getting better organised in terms of getting their messages across as well," he said.
"So, not only going to the streets, but ensuring that the public at large hears their messages, and also in terms of the response of government and employers, in terms of having more and better dialogue." For several months now a range of unions have been working together on their campaign strategy.
They stunned the nation in early October when an estimated two million people went on strike, disrupting all kinds of business, from textile production lines, to auto-parts makers.
Surya Tjandra, from the Trade Union Rights Centre, says they are now taking their fight even further, calling for a better welfare system for all low-wage earners.
"It's political, and a political struggle now had by the workers," he said.
"So in the future I believe this is healthy, I believe this is the time." The efforts are paying off with workers in Jakarta about to see the minimum wage rise by 44 per cent.
Next year Jakarta's workers will get a monthly minimum wage of around $US220, instead of $150, which has led to pressure on other regions to follow.
Employer backlash The central government has also decreed a clampdown on outsourcing, a practice which unions say locks up to 20 million workers out of permanent positions and benefits.
Outsourcing will only apply to five types of jobs such as drivers and canteen staff, and it can't be used to fill a company's core roles.
For employer groups, the decisions go too far.
The chairman of Indonesian Employers Association APINDO, Sofjan Wanandi, says the changes add to the country's inflexible industrial laws that have created the problems in the first place.
"The existing companies, who have already decided to expand, will stop the expansions, or at least have a 'wait and see' attitude now," he said.
"This is bad for us, because we need them, you know." Employers and outsourcing companies have signalled a court challenge.
Business have also raised concerns over the tactics employed by some union groups.
In a practice that Indonesia calls "sweeping", workers have forced their way into sites in industrial zones and harassed those who don't join their cause.
Mr Wanandi says the campaign is affecting business confidence.
"We cannot do it, we cannot work any more now, because they just come every day to demonstrate, to do all the "sweeping" and destroy the production line," he said.
"That makes it difficult." Businesses say wildcat strikes and protests have forced them to curb production.
And the ILO's Peter van Rooij says productivity issues in Indonesia have the potential to form a bargaining tool for both sides.
"One of the challenges, particularly for small and medium enterprises, is how to increase productivity," he said.
"If that could be more of the bargain, in terms of workers and management working together, I also see there are more opportunities to make sure that workers and small and medium enterprises can benefit as well."