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Jakarta Post

Decree revised to lift wage of low-income workers

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 12 2012   /  07:11 am

In a move to boost the welfare of labor, the Manpower and Transmigration Ministry has revised a guideline normally used to determine the minimum wage for low-income workers.

The decision, however, met opposition from labor unions, which considered the revision to be not sufficient enough to strengthen their economic position. At the same time, employers also protested the revision, saying they had not yet given their approval.

The revised Ministerial Decree No. 17/2005 on wages was signed on July 9 by Manpower and Transmigration Minister Muhaimin Iskandar and laborers were expected to have enjoyed the wage increase by January 2013.

“I have signed the revised decree and it has been handed over to the Law and Human Rights Ministry for codification,” the minister said after a recent hearing with lawmakers.

Through the revision, the ministry added 14 to the ex...