The Jakarta Post
Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo approved the 2014 minimum wage (UMK) for regencies and municipalities in the province, on Tuesday.
Semarang City has the highest minimum wage across the province which amounts to Rp 1,423,500 (US$122.75) per month while the region with the lowest minimum wage is Purworejo regency with a minimum wage of Rp 910,000 per month.
'I have signed the UMK 2014 that is based on proposals submitted by 35 regents and mayors to the Central Java administration,' said Ganjar in Semarang, today.
'The determining of the UMK 2014 has been taken through a tripartite dialogue in the Remuneration Board that comprises representatives of the government, workers, and businesspeople. The UMK will take effect on Jan. 1, 2014,' he went on.
According the Central Java governor decree No.560/2013, that was signed on Monday, the minimum wage of regencies and municipalities in the province increases by 16.66 percent on average compared to last year.
The governor's decision on the UMK 2014 drew criticisms from part of the workers who had staged rallies in front of the Central Java governor office since two months ago. In the protests, they demanded a minimum wage of between Rp 2 million and Rp 3 million per month. Some of workers elements had even demanded a minimum wage of Rp 5 million per month.
The workers expressed their disappointments over the UMK 2014 by, among others things, texting protest messages to the governor.
The Central Java administration's spokesperson, Agus Utomo, said with the UMK 2014, 23 regencies and municipalities had their standard cost of living a hundred percent fulfilled, up from 14 in last year.
'The UMK 2014 has fulfilled 98.96 percent of workers' standard cost of living, up from 97.3 percent last year,' he said. (ebf)
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