BATAM. Riau Islands Governor Muhammad Sani has agreed to increase the Batam minimum wage in 2013 from Rp 1.4 million (US$145) to Rp 2.040 million, as proposed by the Riau Islands Remuneration Board.
The governor has also set the minimum wage for other regions. Bintan will be increased from Rp 1.225 million to 1.9 million, Tanjung Pinang’s wage increased from 1,015,000 to Rp 1.365.087, while Natuna’s wage will be increased from Rp 1.115 million to Rp 1.37 million.
The provincial administration, however, has yet to set a minimum wage for Karimun. Johannes Kennedy Aritonang, head of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s (Kadin) Riau Islands office, expressed his disappointment with the decision.
“The administration clearly does not listen to us businesspeople anymore. We will file a lawsuit with the State Administrative Court (PTUN) on the establishment of the wage,” said Johannes on Monday.
Riono, public relations head at the Riau Islands administration, said businessmen had the right to file a lawsuit on the matter. “The administration has carefully discussed this issue. Besides, the new minimum wage was proposed by the remuneration board,” he said. (The Jakarta Post)