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No more cheap labor in RI: SBY

  • The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Sat, December 1 2012   /  10:17 am

President Susilo Bambang Yu-dhoyono has taken a firm stand amid demands from labor unionists to end the international perception that Indonesia is a haven for investors wanting to tap pools of cheap workers.

On the heels of recent rallies by unionists that often ended in violence, Yudhoyono said on Thursday that the government’s stance over labor welfare was in line with the workers’ demands.

“It is our moral obligation to fight for it. The era of cheap labor and injustice is now over,” said Yudhoyono in a speech before governors, regents, mayors, police chiefs and regional military commanders.

Yudhoyono argued that labor rallies and strikes would stop if businesses were more committed to improving the welfare of their workers.

In the past two months, workers have staged rallies demanding an increase in regional minimum wages by an average of more ...