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Medan workers rally for more wages

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, November 14 2012   /  10:41 am

Thousands of workers from the Medan Industrial Zone (KIM) in Medan, North Sumatra, rallied on Tuesday, calling a proposal to raise the monthly minimum wage (UMK) to Rp 1.46 million (US$162) “inhumane”.

Workers’ representative Agus Utomo said that the city’s proposed increase was a far cry from meeting the daily needs of workers.

“Workers have been leading a difficult life. What can we eat with a monthly salary of Rp 1.46 million? Now, everything is so expensive,” Agus said on the sidelines of the rally at Medan City Hall.

Agus said that the workers were demanding that the city increase the monthly minimum wage to Rp 2 million, which he described as in line with a survey on minimum living standards.

Medan Deputy Mayor Dzulmin Eldin, who was on hand to meet the protestors, said that the increase to the UMK had been set by the Medan administration, b...