Thousands of Indonesian Workers Hold Protest in Front of Bandung Public High Court

Thousands of Indonesian Workers Hold Protest in Front of Bandung Public High Court

KSPI (Indonesian Worker Union Confederacy)

25 September 2013

5.000 workers from KSPI, West Java, and All West Java Trade Union i.e.: Buruh Bekasi Bergerak (Bekasi Workers On The Move), Forum Buruh Depok (Depok Worker’s Forum), Forum Buruh Bogor Bersatu (United Bogor Workers Forum), Forum Buruh Karawang (Karawang Worker’s Forum), Aliansi Buruh Subang Purwakarta (Subang Purwakarta Worker Alliance), Forum Buruh Bandung Raya (Great Bandung Worker’s Forum), Aliansi Buruh Sukabumi (Sukabumi Worker’s Forum) hold a protest in front of Bandung Public High Court Tuesday Morning, 26 September 2013. This protest coincides with lawsuit trial verdict towards West Java Governor’s decree no 561 on suspension of provincial minimum wage (UMP).

Action Field Coordinator (Korlap AKsi) and West Java KSPI officials, Baris Silitonga explained, this 5.000 workers mass action is demanding the cancellation of West Java Governor’s Decree no 561 on suspension of provincial minimum wage. According to him, that decree is full of frauds and employer’s deception to pay the workers in a low wage.

He explained further, workers do not mind if Provincial Minimum Wage is suspended by corporation as long as it goes accordingly to the mechanism of Workforce and Transmigration Minister Regulation (Permenakertrans) No 231 Year 2013. He stated that the reality is different, corporations never fulfill the mechanism and requirements needed to suspend pay the workers in the same wage with Provincial Minimum Wage. Therefore, he stated further, West Java Governor’s Decree No 561 on suspension of Provincial Minimum Wage should be cancelled.

Similar statement also being delivered, by Chairman of DPW KEP West Java, Marmin Hartono, where he stated that such decree is a contradiction with Law Bill No 13 Year 2013 where minimum wage is the lowest wage in municipality or city and the employers must pay that. He emphasized, employers who are paying workers’ wage under minimum wage is a violation towards the law bill. Therefore West Java Governor’s Decree on Suspension of Provincial Minimum Wage should be cancelled by Bandung Public High Court.

Source: Indonesian Metal Workers Trade Union Confederation (FSPMI)’s official website, fspmi.or.id. Translated into English and republished via Earth of People.

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