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Unhappy Ferry Tale

Industrial Action Interrupts Ferry Service Between Bali and Java.

(6/9/2002) Ferry service between Gilimanuk, Bali and Ketapang in East Java - the crossing points between the two islands slowly returned to normal on Friday, June 07, 2002, following a 24 hour long strike by private ferry operators at the ports.

13 of the 19 ferries that operate over the short straits between Bali and Jawa stopped operations the day before to protest the lack of a response from the Minister of Transportation to their request for an increase in ferry tariffs.

An average of 1,000 vehicles cross the straits each day served by the ships operated by members of the Association of River and Lake Transport Companies (GASPADAF). During the short work stoppage, busses and cars quickly filled the two ports parking lots on both sides of the straits creating long lines of vehicles and passengers waiting to cross the straits.