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Jakarta Post

Workers’ welfare government’s top priority, says Boediono

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 7 2012   /  09:07 am

Vice President Boediono has thrown his support behind wage increase demands by Indonesian labor unions, which have intensified in the last few weeks.

“Improvement in the welfare of our working population is one of the government’s top priorities,” Boediono said in his keynote speech during the first Indonesia Investment Summit in Jakarta on Tuesday.

At least six provinces in the country have agreed to increase the regional minimum wage for 2013, with 27 others expected to follow suit, following strikes and protests by labor unions throughout the country.

Boediono urged businessmen and prospective investors to understand the labor movement’s demands for better pay and work conditions, which he argued as the fruit of the country’s maturing democracy.

“We all should respect it [the labor movement] accordingly,” he said.

Boediono described i...