Jokowi plays down union demand

Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo played down demands by an alliance of labor unions and non-government organizations for him to change his decision to allow seven Korean companies to suspend the minimum wage increase.

Lawyer Bayu Mahendra representing the governor told the State Administrative Court in East Jakarta on Wednesday that the demands were groundless and not representative of workers in the companies, 70 percent of whom have been employed for less than one year.

The alliance filed a lawsuit on April, 2013, demanding the court annul the governor’s decision. Responding to the new provincial minimum wage, the seven labor-intensive Korean garment companies with over 11,000 workers asked for postponement because of financial difficulties.

Sudiyanti representing the National Workers Union (SPN), said her client had a right to represent workers most of them are members of SPN.

Source : The Jakarta Post

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