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Batam workers demand Rp 3.3 m as minimum wage for next year

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    The Jakarta Post

Batam | Thu, November 6, 2014 | 06:01 pm

As many as 2,000 workers from various factories and labor unions sponsored by the Federation of Indonesian Metal Workers Unions (FSPMI) held a mass rally on Thursday in the front of the Batam city office to demand an increase in next year'€™s monthly minimum wage.

The workers requested that the upcoming minimum wage would be no less than Rp 3.3 million (US$ 271.59) per month, or a 45 percent rise from this year'€™s figure of Rp 2.4 million.

Suprapto from the FPSMI said the wage rise was needed to anticipate the domino effects from the government'€™s plan to increase fuel prices in the near future.

'€œWe need to anticipate the increasing prices of staple foods and other goods that will come as a direct result of the fuel-price increase. Therefore we expect that the rise could be implemented before the middle of this month,'€ he said Thursday.

Commenting on this, Batam Mayor Ahmad Dahlan assured the workers that they would receive more than the current monthly minimum wage of Rp 2.4 million.

'€œBut I'€™m not sure that we would meet your expectation for Rp 3.3 million,'€ he said.

On the other hand, the Riau Islands and Batam branch of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) requested the mayor to lower next year'€™s minimum wages.

'€œPlease hear our side of the story, as well, and not just the workers,'€ Cahaya of Apindo said.

Cahaya said Apindo'€™s Batam branch had requested the mayor to lower the city'€™s upcoming monthly minimum wage to Rp 2.1 million from the current Rp 2.4 million. (dic)(+++)