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Workers in Kupang still receive below standard wages

  • Djemi Amnifu

    The Jakarta Post

Kupang    /   Mon, May 1, 2017   /   04:04 pm
Workers in Kupang still receive below standard wages Thousands of workers crowd Jl. M. H. Thamrin and its surrounding areas in Central Jakarta on May Day in 2014. (kompas.com/-)

The head of East Nusa Tenggara Workers Union, Stanis Tefa, said on Monday that there were still many workers who received poor salaries, far below the minimum wage in the province. 

The East Nusa Tenggara administration has set the minimum salary at Rp 1.5 million. However, he said many employers do not follow the rule and there are workers who only receive Rp 300,000 to Rp 500,000 per month. 

Stanis said that local administration has been absent from supervising the implementation of the rule by not allocating any funds to monitor the implementation. 

"This has been happening for years, and we have not seen any progress on it. There are thousands of workers who experience this in the province. If the government and the Regional House of Representatives strictly implemented the rule, workers could get their rights back, especially regarding the minimum salary," he said. (wit)