Indonesian workers start campaign for better minimum wage

On the first day of September, tens of thousands of workers took to the streets of the Indonesian capital of Jakarta demanding better labour laws and a new minimum wage for 2016. This demonstration was jointly co-ordinated by the three main union Federations in Indonesia. With the ongoing scourge of casualisation, increasing lay offs due to a slowing economy, and persistent high rates of poverty, unions are also demanding that the government undertakes job creation programs. Experience from previous campaigns, would show Indonesian workers face difficult months ahead in trying to achieve their objectives.