Al-Jazeera Report on Minimum Wage in Jakarta

 

You can view an Al-Jazeera video report on struggles over the minimum wage in Jakarta by following the link

Tens of thousands of people are protesting in Indonesia against government plans to delay its planned increase of the minimum wage.

Said Iqbal, a union labour leader in Jakarta, the capital, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that workers are continuing to demonstrate because they “need the government to implement a health insurance and pension system for all Indonesians”.

 

Many workers say that higher salaries are needed to cope with the rising cost of living, including housing prices.

 

Many employees have yet to receive a pay increase because employers are still negotiating with the government over the matter, causing delays.

 

The fresh protests come a day after the government decided to raise minimum salaries by about 40 percent – to about $200.

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