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Jakarta Post

Big demands haunt investors

  • Linda Yulisman and Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Batam   /   Mon, October 8 2012   /  10:24 am

Ahead of the annual negotiations on the minimum wage slated to begin next month, unions and employer associations in strategic industrial regions are preparing studies to gauge the value of labor.Early preparations are crucial, especially for employers, as they seek to avoid the fallout that happened in January, when tens of thousands of workers blocked the Jakarta–Cikarang toll road, denying access to about 3,000 factories in Bekasi, West Java.The blockade was done in reaction to a court decision that annulled a West Java gubernatorial decree to increase the provincial minimum wages. The Bekasi chapter of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), asked the court to overturn the decree, claiming that the governor had disregarded a deal brokered by the regional remuneration council.In conjunction with the Bekasi labor action, thousands of workers in nearby Tangerang, Banten, rallie...