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Jakarta Workers Ask For Higher Wages
Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/10/25/jakarta-workers-ask-higher-wages.html
Source Date: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Indonesia
Created: Oct 24, 2012

Hundreds of workers staged a demonstration in front of the Jakarta City Hall on Wednesday, demanding that Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo raise the minimum regional wage and eliminate outsourcing.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama spoke with protesters and invited several into his office.

The city administration has promised to examine increasing workers’ living standards and the minimum wage, Ahok said.

Currently, the capital’s minimum wage has been set at Rp 1,529,000 (US$159), which workers want increased to Rp 2,799,000. “With the city’s development and economic capacity, the regional minimum wage could reach Rp 6 million,” Ahok said.

“If the administration ignores our demands, we will stage a massive strike in several places, including at Kawasan Berikat Nusantara [in Cilincing, North Jakarta] and Pulogadung [in East Jakarta],” Said Iqbal, chairman of the Indonesian Workers Union (KSPI), said.
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