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Jakarta Post

Uncertainty looms as nonpermanent state employees face 2023 deadline

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 3, 2020   /  07:42 am
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Forty-nine-year-old Ahmad Saifudin has been a contract teacher half of his life. After a brief period in the private sector, he decided to become a teacher in 1996, starting at state junior high school SMP 1 Gladak Sari in Central Java’s Boyolali regency. “I chose to stay and work as a teacher for 24 years because that was my calling. I used to work for insurance and consultant companies, but I found my passion in teaching,” Ahmad Saifudin, or Pak Udin, told The Jakarta Post. Udin, who is also an activist with the Indonesian Nonpermanent State Employees Association (PHK2I), said life as a nonpermanent worker had never been easy, because he earned only Rp 1.6 million (US$117.57) per month in salary. “I used to receive Rp 10,000 per month in salary in 1996. Then I got a raise to Rp 100,000 per month and then another raise to Rp 600,000 per month a few years...