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Jakarta Post

Employers to boycott minimum wage for Batam

  • Fadli and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Batam/Bandung   /   Fri, November 23 2012   /  07:50 am

Employers in Batam, Riau Islands Province, have voiced plans to boycott the implementation of the new minimum wage set by the local authority, arguing that the decision was made under pressures and without the presence of their representatives.

This was supported by the provincial Chambers of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) head Johannes Kennedy Aritonang, the provincial Association of Indonesian Employers (Apindo) chairman Cahaya, Apindo Batam chairman OK Simatupang and the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Association chairman Syarifuddin Andi Bola in Batam on Wednesday evening.

The Batam Wage Council (DPK) announced to the protesting workers on Wednesday that the 2013 wage was set at Rp 2.04 million (US$211) per month, an increase of over Rp 600,000 from the 2012 wage.

Cahaya said the DPK’s decision was not legitimate because it was not a deliberation but rather a...