Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (right, in uniform) talks to demonstrators outside the City Hall on Wednesday. The protestors demanded an increase in the regional minimum wage and the elimination of outsourcing. (Antara/Zabur Karuru)
The Jakarta Remuneration Board has set the city minimum wage for 2013 at
Rp 2.2 million (US$228.60), up from this year’s Rp 1.53 million.
“Today, we have decided that the city’s minimum wage will be Rp 2.2 million, higher than the basic cost of living of Rp 1.98 million,” said board chairman Deded Sukandar on Wednesday night.
Jakarta Workers Forum secretary-general Mohammad Toha said his organization appreciated the new minimum wage. “After struggling for a decent wage, we finally have a 44 percent increase from last year’s amount,” he said as quoted by kompas.com.
Prior to the announcement of the 2013 regional minimum wage, workers in the capital staged demonstrations to demand a minimum wage of Rp 2.8 million. (lfr)