Get ‘Em Next Year

While APINDO has dropped its lawsuit attempting to overturn the provincial minimum wage increase in East Java, the minimum wage still remains an issue, as employers are able to disregard the increase due to less than vigorous enforcement or apply for exemptions based on the financial needs of the company (see previous posts on minimum wage in East Jave here & here).  Yet, with the end of June already upon us, the fight over next year’s minimum wage has already begun, with a report in The Jakarta Post on the Alliance for the Defense of Laborers (ABM) lobbying the governor of East Java, with most of ABM’s concerns regarding allowing workers a voice in the processes of data collection and other considerations in setting the minimum wage.

From Jamaludin, East Java Coordinator of the ABM:

We ask the local administration to invite us to help conduct the survey for the database, before deciding on the minimum wage, because past surveys have never been pro-worker

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