29 Aug '11, 12pm

Indonesia could face more strikes as workers push for higher pay: JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Recent strikes in Indones...

JAKARTA (REUTERS) - Recent strikes in Indonesia by gold miners, pilots and supermarket staff over pay signal that workers have started to push for a greater share of profits in a booming economy that has drawn foreign investors partly for its low labour costs. The push for higher wages means firms may no longer be able to count on the world's fourth largest population offering among the cheapest labour in Asia, and they could face protracted pay talks that could affect their operations. Union activists and advocacy groups see the power of labour unions growing in Southeast Asia's biggest economy, with a growing likelihood of further strikes sometime after this week's holidays marking the end of the Muslim fasting month. 'The recent strikes showed that workers in Indonesia are in a learning stage - they know that they can fight for their rights more than before,' said Soeha...

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