The Jakarta Post
The Jakarta administration is set to hand out more workers card to residents, specifically to workers whose salaries are not more than 10 percent above the provincial minimum wage (UMP).
Currently, the cards are only given to workers whose salaries do not surpass the UMP.
"Therefore, even though workers may feel that their income is too low, they can reduce their expenses with subsidies given by the city administration," Jakarta Manpower and Transmigration Agency head Andri Yansyah said on Thursday as quoted by kompas.com.
With the cards, Andri said, the city's workers could use the Transjakarta bus for free and shop in Jakgrosir, which sells affordable staple foods.
Their children would also receive the Jakarta Smart Card, which could be used to buy subsidized food such as fish, chicken and milk.
The Jakarta administration has decided to follow the central government’s instruction of raising the 2019 UMP by 8.03 percent, referring to Government Regulation No. 78/2015 on wages.
This means that Jakarta will likely increase its minimum wage from the current Rp 3.6 million (US$236.76) per month to Rp 3.9 million.
The amount is lower compared to the labor organizations' request for the city administration to increase the UMP to Rp 4.3 million. (cal)