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Indonesian workers stage national strike for higher wages

Indonesian workers stage national strike for higher wages
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A national strike demanding higher wages for Indonesian workers has failed to win much support, according to the government.

Authorities said fewer than 50,000 people gathered in and around the capital to demand better social welfare. But some of the protesters said it was still an important to show of strength to call for a 50 percent wage hike.

“The government has not accurately determined the index of living costs. We’re the ones who are suffering due to the significant high prices, especially during special days like Eid and Christmas,” said metal worker Gatot Dwisuryono.

Last year, unions pushed the government to raise minimum wages to ther equivalent of nearly 200 euros per month but employers have complained another increase will further erode declining competitiveness in south-east Asia’s biggest economy.