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Labor unions file lawsuit on minimum wage delay

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

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Bandung   /   Sat, February 23 2013   /  10:10 am

Major confederations of labor unions have filed a lawsuit against the West Java administration regarding the postponement of the 2013 regional minimum wage (UMR).

The lawsuit was filed on Friday at the Bandung State Administrative Court (PTUN) against West Java Gubernatorial Decree No. 561, which allows 257 companies in 11 regencies and mayoralties to postpone implementation of the 2013 minimum wage that was issued on Jan. 18.

Trade Union Rights Center activist Ari Lazuardi said his group filed the lawsuit because it felt the wage postponement process was not in line with procedures.

Manpower and Transmigration Ministerial Decree No. 231/MEN/ 2003 on UMR postponement guidelines requires that any application for UMR delay must meet several requirements, including a decision from labor unions at the company level.

“Many companies, which lacked approval from la...