JAKARTA, Sept. 5 (Xinhua) -- Over 20,000 labors from Jakarta and its satellite cities staged a rally Thursday, demanding a pay rise by up to 50 percent as soaring inflation declined their buying power.
The workers marched to the downtown area in front of the State Palace and Manpower Ministry. "We demand for a pay hike of 50 percent, because after the oil price hike, everything is expensive,"Ridho Saleh, one of protesters, told Xinhua.
Carrying banners, the workers chanted yells of"Rising Wage."
One of the banners reads"Workers Demand an Appropriate Payment And Delete The Outsourcing System."
The labors said they wanted the hike to stand at 3.7 million rupiah (some 332.58 U.S. dollar) per month.
The government decided to increase labor salary by up to over 40 percent last year, but rising inflation make their purchasing power remain weak.
The government raised subsidized-fuel prices on June 22 by an average of 33 percent as an effort to reduce importation of the commodity that has widened trade deficit gap, weakened rupiah and pushed imported inflation.
The central bank has forecast the country's inflation to reach 9.0 to 9.8 percent this year.