Thousands of workers plan to march from the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle to the House of Representatives complex in protest of delays to Jakarta’s minimum wage increase on Wednesday.
“We expect some 50 thousand members of the Indonesian Metal Worker Union Federation from [across] greater Jakarta to demonstrate,” Said Iqbal, union president, told the Jakarta Globe on Monday.
The union also plans to demand the government ensure universal health care by January of next year. The protest is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and will likely cause increased congestion in downtown Jakarta.
“We also want to remind the government to stop letting the companies ask for delays for the minimum wage increase,” Said said. “From what we have heard, the government has granted requests for delays from 46 companies in Jakarta alone.
“What’s the point of announcing a minimum wage increase if the government lets the companies avoid their responsibilities?”
Said said similar demonstrations were planned for Bandung, Surabaya, Semarang, Batam, Medan, and Banda Aceh.