24 Nov '11, 11am

Indonesian police clash with workers in Batam

BATAM: Indonesian police on Thursday clashed with hundreds of workers demanding better wages on the island of Batam. Protestors attacked the Mayor's office and set on fire several government vehicles at Batam Centre. The police retaliated by firing tear gas and rubber bullets. A number of officers were injured when they were attacked by protestors. Batam is home to a number of Singapore companies and multinational corporations. It is the second day workers have taken to the streets to demand authorities increase their minimum wage. The current monthly minimum wage is 1.3 million rupiah, which is about US$140. Labour unions want it raised to 1.7 million rupiah. Earlier this week, a workers' strike in the capital Jakarta was averted after authorities bowed to demands for the minimum wage to be raised. Every year, the minimum wage for each province in Indonesia is decided thr...

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