The Labour Party of Indonesia (Partai Buruh Indonesia, PBI) was a political party in Indonesia.
Indonesian Labour Front
The party was founded as a national trade union center, the Indonesian Labour Front (Barisan Buruh Indonesia, BBI), on 15 September 1945. At the BBI congress 9 November 1945, BBI transformed itself into a political party and adopted the name PBI.
As a political party
Initially PBI was run by individuals who had worked at the Labour Department during the Japanese occupation. But in 1946 Setiadjit returned to Indonesia from exile in the Netherlands, and he assumed leadership of the party and became its chairman. Under Setiadjit, the collaborationist elements lost control over the party. Setiadjit's takeover in PBI was done with active support from the Indonesian government, as Sukarno had feared strong 'anarcho-syndicalist' tendencies of PBI. During the first year and half of the party under Setiadjit, the party was closely aligned with the larger