Jokowi Accused of Taking Sides over Minimum Wage Decision

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  • Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi.

    Jakarta Governor, Joko Widodo, also known as Jokowi.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The President of the Confederation of Indonesian Workers Union, Said Iqbal, accused Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo of taking sides with the businessmen for his decision to set minimum wage for Rp2.4 million in Jakarta. "This decision affects minimum wage in cities across Indonesia," he said on Sunday, November 3, 2013.

    Said said that Jakarta's minimum wage has been the standard for minimum wage across Indonesia, because Jakarta has the highest decent living standards (KHL). "We demand KHL to be increased to Rp2.7 million in 2013, but it was ignored," he said.

    Said will bring the decision to State Administration Court to be re-considered in determining the minimum wage. "Of course this will impacts other regions as well," he added.

    He said that his side will keep conducting demonstration to demand an increase in wage. The demonstration will take place in particular spots. "We will start the rally again in Wednesday."

    ADI WARSONO