After May Day: SBY’s ‘Gifts’ For Workers?

From The Jakarta Globe:

The government on Monday announced more plans to improve workers’ conditions.  “This May there will be gifts from president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono for the workers,” Muhaimin said.

Muhaimin said the government would increase the threshold before which a salary is taxed from Rp 1.3 million toRp 2 million ($142 to $218). The government, he said, was also building hospitals and providing laborers with cheap transportation.

Propserous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Indra SH said the tax plan would increase laborers’ welfare and had his support.

But Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) lawmaker Rieke Dyah Pitaloka said the pledge was like “giving toys to children” and urged workers not to be swayed. She said the government should do more.

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