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Medan ‘paralyzed’ by labor protest over wage hike dispute

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Medan/Batam   /   Thu, December 6 2012   /  07:30 am

Thousands of workers staged a protest in Medan on Wednesday over the provincial minimum wage increase that was set at Rp 1.35 million (US$140.63) per month because it was far less than the Rp 2.2 million they demanded, thereby “paralyzing” daily activities in the North Sumatra capital.

Several main roads leading to important facilities such as Polonia International Airport, Belawan seaport, Tanjung Morawa toll road and government offices were blockaded by the protesters from 9 a.m. local time. Activities were ground to a halt for several hours.

Activities returned to normal at about 2 p.m. when the protesters marched to the North Sumatra governor’s office on Jl. Diponegoro in Medan.

There, the protesters asked North Sumatra interim Governor Gatot Pujo Nugroho to help raise the minimum wage to Rp 2.2 million from Rp 1.3 million per month. Some of the protesters...