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Anies broke promise on minimum wage: Labor unions

Jakarta Post - November 2, 2017

Jakarta Labor unions have expressed their disappointment over the city's 2018 provincial minimum wage (UMP) that is even lower than promised.

The Jakarta administration has set the UMP at Rp 3.6 million (US$265) on Wednesday, lower than the Rp 3.9 million, which the labor unions demanded. On Tuesday, Deputy Governor Sandiaga Uno promised that the figure would be the midpoint between those demanded by the two parties.

The Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI) said the wage was set based on Government Regulation (PP) No. 78/2015. This was not in line with the campaign promise by newly elected Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, said KSPI chief Kahar S. Cahyono.

"When Anies ran for the election, he made a political contract with labor unions, promising not to set UMP based on the government regulation. We are disappointed with Anies and Sandi," Kahar told kompas.com on Thursday.

During the campaign, he explained, Anies promised to set the wage in accordance with Law No. 13/2003, which measures wages based on basic cost of living, inflation and economic growth. Meanwhile, the PP 78/2015 only measured it from inflation and economic growth.

On Wednesday, Anies set the UMP at Rp 3.6 million, 8.71 percent higher than the city's minimum wage this year.

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2017/11/02/anies-broke-promise-on-minimum-wage-labor-unions.html.

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