West Java Changes the Minimum Wage Rules amid Fears of Unrest

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West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil changed the city/regency minimum wage (UMK) decision from a circular letter to a governor's decree, Monday (12/2). This decision was taken after the governor received advice from the head of the West Java regional police (Polda) and the commander of the West Java Military Regional Command (Kodam) regarding efforts to maintain stability in the area.

Changing the format of the decision into a decree does not change the minimum wage that has been set previously. But the change to the decree can answer the demands of the trade unions who demand decisions that have more binding legal force. However, one of the provisions in the decree is that companies that are unable to pay UMK according to the rules can request bipartite negotiations with workers.

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