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28.3 million Indonesians live in poverty More than 28.28 million Indonesian people live in poverty as of March 2014 compared to 28.17 million in the same period last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS). "It was the result of a shift in the number of people working in the agricultural sector due to the impact of climate change, which had led to belated harvest," BPS Chief Suryamin said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 July 2014 22:50 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Survey: 'Young voters prefer Jokowi-JK pair' Young voters in the age group of 17 to 22 years prefer the Joko Widodo-Jusuf Kalla pair to the Prabowo Subianto-Hatta Rajasa duo for the presidential election scheduled on July 9, according to Polcomm.

Posted in Elections @ 24 June 2014 17:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali governor would like to see ten milion as minimum wage Bali's Governor told those attending his monthly open-house town meeting he wants to see every worker in the tourism sector to earn a minimum Rp. 10 million ( US$870) per month. Adding: “In principle, I want to see workers in Bali prosper. Don't let them suffer privations, even though (the privations) are permitted within the law.”

Posted in Economy @ 05 May 2014 08:00 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Protesting workers block road to Batam airport Noisy crowd of protesting workers are converging on the Hang Nadim cross road seeking to close access to the Batam airport. The workers said they protested as Riau Islands Governor Muhammad Sani had failed to meet his promise to determine wages of workers.

Posted in Protests @ 28 November 2013 18:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta, demanding higher wages About five thousand workers from various unions held a rally in front of the Presidential Palace on Thursday, demanding an increase in their wages and the immediate implementation of the National Health Insurance (Jamkesmas).

Posted in Protests @ 05 September 2013 15:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers threaten to go on strike on August 16 President of the Indonesian Labor Union Confederation (KSPI) Said Iqbal has called on workers across the country to go on strike on August 16 unless the government meets their demand related to occupational social security programs.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 20:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Two thousands officers secure Soekarno-Hatta Airport During the Labor Day or May Day, the International Soekarno-Hatta Airport at Tangerang, Banten, was secured by joint-security personnel from the National Police and Military to anticipate the anarchic actions.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 12:34 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Security tightened at Tangerang toll road Police tighten security at several entry gates of Tangerang toll road and Soekarno-Hatta airport in Tangerang, Banten province, in connection with Mayday on Wednesday.

Posted in Protests @ 01 May 2013 11:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


President calls for eradication of illegal levies President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has called for cooperation among regional heads of government to erase illegal levies locally known as "pungli" on private companies. Illegal fees could make companies to lose their ability to pay the wage of their workers, he said here on Monday.

Posted in Corruption @ 09 April 2013 07:40 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers hold rally in Jakarta Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) of the greater Jakarta area (Jabodetabek) held a rally here on Wednesday, demanding social security benefits and refusing low wages. "The rally also marks the organization`s 14th anniversary celebration," said the organization`s President Said Iqbal.

Posted in Economy @ 06 February 2013 15:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Workers stage rally against electricity tariff hike Hundreds of workers staged a rally here on Wednesday to protest against an electricity tariff increase which they said may lead companies to postpone minimum provincial wage hikes.

Posted in Protests @ 16 January 2013 21:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Electricity rate hike to weaken laborers' purchasing power An increase in the price of electricity beginning this month will reduce the purchasing power of laborers, Said Iqbal, the president of the Indonesian Workers Unions Confederation (KSPI) said.

Posted in Economy @ 03 January 2013 17:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Jokowi: 'Provincial minimum wage cannot satisfy all' Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo said the Jakarta administration could not satisfy all in connection with his decision to raise provincial minimum wage (UMP) from Rp1.5 million per month to Rp2.2 million in 2013. "It is difficult to satisfy all," Jokowi, as Joko Widodo is popularly called, said here on Wednesday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 November 2012 18:26 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Bogor police and military deployed as 100 thousands protest A joint team of around 3,600 personnel of Indonesian police and Army (TNI) has been deployed here to guard against protests by thousands of workers demanding improvement in their welfare, Bogor police spokesman has said.

Posted in Protests @ 29 October 2012 12:20 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers protest against outsourcing system Thousands of workers from various labour unions gathered in front of the manpower ministry and staged a demonstration to demand higher wages, revocation of the outsourcing system, and implementation of health insurance for all Indonesian citizens.

Posted in Protests @ 27 September 2012 21:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands of workers in Riau island to conduct strike Thousands of workers in Riau Island stated they will conduct a strike if the government doesn`t respond to their demand, a source said. "We want the government to abolish the outsourcing system, cheap wages and corruption," Chairman of Riau islands` Indonesian Metal Workers Federation (FSPMI) Otong Sutisna said here on Sunday.

Posted in Economy @ 02 September 2012 15:10 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


One dead as Indonesian military fires at Freeport strikers Indonesian security forces opened fire on striking workers at Freeport-McMoran's gold and copper mine early Monday, killing one and critically wounding another, a union official said. Police said it was too early to comment and officials from Freeport, based in the U.S. state of Arizona, were preparing an official statement.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 10 October 2011 10:55 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Pilot strike looming for Garuda Indonesia The Pilots Association for Garuda Indonesia (APG), representing 80% of the Indonesian Cockpit crew of the national air carrier, has announced its intention to go on strike commencing Thursday, July 28, 2011. , Jeffrey Ticoalu, representing the APG, said 

"we are announcing today that we will go on a strike on July 28, starting from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m."

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 23 July 2011 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda'sdesperate need for more pilots Bisnis.com reports that the national airline Garuda needs more than 600 pilots to meet its current shortfall in cockpit staff. The corporate secretary for Garuda's Pilot Association (APG), Josias Pontonuwu, said the need for more pilots is tied to the airlines new aircraft and new routes.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 July 2010 04:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Child labor in Cirebon tea processing plant The Commission for the Protection of Children in Indonesia (KPAI) has reported the owner of PT Hutan Unggul Persada, Johanes, because of the exploitation of some 90 children still in their teens. They were put to work in the factory to produce tea of the brand Jangkar. A representative of KPAI, Masnah Sari, said that he reported the findings to the Cirebon police yesterday.

Posted in Human rights @ 16 January 2010 02:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Agency: Poverty rate in Indonesia drops compared to last year Indonesia's poverty rate dropped 1.3 percentage point this year from 15.4 per cent last year owing to stable inflation and higher wages, the national bureau of statistics said Wednesday. According to a survey conducted in March, 32.5 million Indonesians live under the poverty line, or 14.15 per cent of the country's population, the bureau said.

Posted in Economy @ 02 July 2009 04:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali's fishing fleet confined to port A shortage of fuel at Bali's port of Benoa has forced 600 ships from an estimated fleet of 830 fishing boats to remain alongside until more fuel becomes available. According to the Bali Post, around 9,000 fishing ships crews have been idled by the fuel shortage that has brought protests from the Indonesian Longline Tuna Fishing Association. (ALTI).

Posted in General @ 12 June 2009 11:11 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia moves to protect workers abroad The delay in the recruitment of Indonesian housemaids and drivers has prompted Jakarta to set up a commission to look into the interests of Indonesian workers, including their overseas employment, training and health.

Posted in General @ 01 September 2008 03:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Strike at US-owned mine Freeport in Papua continues Thousands of workers from a mine in the easternmost province of Papua continued to strike for a third day yesterday, disrupting work at one of the biggest copper mines in the world. The workers moved their rally to a site outside the local headquarters of PT. Freeport Indonesia in Timika while protest leaders resumes talks with the company's officials in an attempt to reach a deal.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 20 April 2007 03:12 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Domestic workers In Indonesia subject to beatings and rape A new Amnesty International report alleges domestic workers in Indonesia face withheld wages, workdays of up to 22 hours, beatings, sexual violence and forced confinement. The report also says attempts by the government to address the problem are falling short, leaving millions of women vulnerable to abusive employers.

Posted in Human rights @ 15 February 2007 01:56 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia to grab 60,000 jobs in South Korea Indonesia has a great opportunity to grab around 60,000 jobs offered by the South Korean government in the sectors of industry, manucfacturing, construction, agriculture, fishery and stock breeding. The placement of workers in South Korea is currently not done by Indonesian labour recruitment agencies, but directly by the manpower and transmigration ministries of the two countries as stipulated in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed on October 29, 2006.

Posted in Economy @ 13 December 2006 02:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia leader upbeat on economy, vows to aid poor Indonesia's president pledged on Wednesday to use an anticipated pick-up in Southeast Asia's biggest economy to tackle poverty, and also to stick with a fight against corruption and encourage foreign investment. In an annual address to parliament ahead of Indonesia's Aug. 17 independence day, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono focused on the economy,but also hailed a peace deal in Aceh and repeated a willingness to commit troops to a U.N. force in Lebanon.

Posted in General @ 16 August 2006 07:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia allots 6M hectares for biofuel Indonesia has earmarked 6 million hectares for development of its biofuel industry, part of plans to reduce its dependence on crude oil and susceptibility to price fluctuations, its energy minister said Friday. "Our target to develop our biofuel industry is by 2009-2010," said Energy Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro. "And we have plans for 6 million hectares (14.8 million acres) of development, worth about US$20 billion (euro15.6 billion)."

Posted in Economy @ 05 August 2006 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Labor protest paralyzes part of downtown Jakarta About 10,000 Indonesian workers held a protest rally in Jakarta in a bid to force the government to scrap a proposed labor law, bringing traffic in the nation's capital to a standstill. The protest paralyzed a key road leading to the office of Vice President Jusuf Kalla, causing traffic jams near buildings housing the central bank and companies including PT Garuda Indonesia, the nation's biggest airline.

Posted in Protests @ 05 April 2006 11:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Fuel imports slump as consumption declines Oil traders looking for a rebound in Indonesia’s oil demand that could resuscitate moribund diesel and gasoline markets may be in for a long wait as Indonesians have quickly learned to live with less fuel. Despite hopes for a quick recovery, consumers in Asia’s fifth-biggest oil user are burning nearly 20 percent or 200,000 barrels per day (bpd) less fuel than a year ago after the government doubled retail prices last October, industry officials say.

Posted in Economy @ 19 February 2006 10:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bank Indonesia keeps 2006 inflation forecast at 8% Bank Indonesia kept its inflation forecast for this year unchanged at 8 percent even after the measure rose more than expected in January, Governor Burhanuddin Abdullah said on Friday. Consumer prices in Indonesia rose 17 percent in January from a year earlier, after gaining 17.1 percent in the previous month.

Posted in Economy @ 03 February 2006 10:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda Indonesia plans to seek government bailout PT Garuda Indonesia plans to seek a government bailout to keep flying after record fuel costs and mounting debt caused the state-owned national airline to post its first loss in three years. The airline is preparing the request, State Enterprise Minister Sugiharto, who oversees Indonesia's state-owned companies, said in an Aug. 5 interview in Jakarta. "We are about to decide whether we need to help.''

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 12 August 2005 07:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia's economy grew 6.7% in 4th quarter Indonesia's economy expanded at its fastest pace in at least four years in the fourth quarter as the cheapest credit since 1998 spurred consumers to increase spending on goods including cars, motorcycles and mobile phones. Southeast Asia's largest economy grew 6.7 percent in the three months ended Dec. 31 from a year earlier, the statistics office said in Jakarta. The economy expanded 5.1 percent last year, the most since 1996.

Posted in Economy @ 16 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt to reduce taxation on companies Indonesia plans to cut its corporate tax rate starting next year to spur investment and growth, said Aburizal Bakrie, the coordinating minister for economic affairs. The tax rate will be cut to 25 percent from 30 percent over a period of five years, starting with a one percentage-point reduction in 2005, Bakrie said Tuesday.

Posted in Economy @ 01 December 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Presidential candidate SBY gets PhD in agriculture Indonesia's presidential candidate Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono obtained a doctorate in agricultural sciences, a newspaper report said on Sunday. Susilo, a retired lieutenant general, successfully defended his paper on the development of rural areas and analysis of fiscal policies at the Bogor Institute of Agriculture on Saturday. His 160-minute thesis presentation, capping three years of studies, was deemed "excellent", the Kompas daily said.

Posted in General @ 03 October 2004 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Asep, a Jakarta parking-lot attendant, rejoiced in 1998 when Indonesian strongman Suharto was overthrown after three decades of authoritarian rule. But democracy hasn't proved to be quite the boon he and so many other Indonesians expected. In some ways, says Asep, his life is worse now than ever before. Under Suharto, he says, at least he only had to bribe one person—a stadium security officer—for the right to manage the lot at Senayan Stadium. But now, Asep complains, he is routinely approached by people claiming to be policemen, soldiers, sports department officials and political-party officers, all demanding baksheesh of a few thousand rupiah or a pack of cigarettes. These kickbacks often eat away almost half of his meager earnings of $2 a day, but "it's hard not to give," says Asep, "because you don't know anymore who is really in charge."

Posted in Politics @ 27 April 2004 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Garuda pilots cancel strike at last minute Pilots at state-owned carrier Garuda Indonesia canceled a strike that was set to start Tuesday following a last-minute government intervention, a union spokesman said. It was the second time in a month that the pilots union has dropped plans to strike in its dispute with Garuda over wages. But the union on Tuesday insisted a strike remained an option if the company fails to meet their demands for salary hikes of up to three times their current levels.

Posted in Garuda Indonesia @ 11 February 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian anger simmers Workers and students in Indonesia have clashed with police during protests over recent fuel and electricity price increases. The government price hikes, made in line with International Monetary Fund recommendations, have provoked thousands to strike and march throughout the troubled South-East Asian nation.

Posted in Protests @ 09 January 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sony pullout plan rocks Indonesia In the past three years Japanese electronics giant Sony has shut down 16 plants across the globe and laid off thousands of its workers. Sony said last month it would stop making audio-visual products at its Indonesian subsidiary, PT Sony Electronics Indonesia, as part of its "overall, global restructuring effort". Indonesian Manpower Minister Jacob Nuwa Wea, however, has publicly threatened to lead a campaign for a boycott of Sony products unless it "explains" the proposed closure of its Indonesian factory.

Posted in Economy @ 07 December 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exodus ahead of Malaysian labor deadline Under the new law, illegal workers face fines of up to 2,000 ringgit ($US530), five years imprisonment and six strokes of the cane. Officials say they will begin enforcing the law from Thursday. Many employers want the workers to stay, saying they can't afford higher wages for registered workers. The employers also complain the foreign workers are employed in jobs locals would not do. Human rights groups have voiced concerns that genuine asylum seekers may face persecution if they are forced to return home.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 August 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Report: Nike, Adidas Factories Still Sweatshops Sportswear giants Nike Inc. and Adidas-Salomon have taken steps to shed their sweatshop image in Indonesia but employees are still overworked and underpaid, a leading aid agency said. Australia-based Oxfam Community Aid Abroad released a report Thursday saying the rival companies had responded to international pressure from rights groups and aid agencies to improve working conditions, but had not done enough.

Posted in Economy @ 07 March 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


It's the road from nowhere, but it's surprisingly busy. Mafalda Florindo and Isabella Antonine walk along it, smiling betel-stained grins as they talk about cloth they had just bought for a good price. A little farther, Alicin Soares, a rice grower, maneuvers his truck along the dusty track. His vehicle is filled with people, some of them smoking, and five jerricans of gasoline. Later Antonio Serrano arrives in a van filled with Coke and Fanta, 50 cases in all, to be sold at a tidy profit of $1 a case. He does the trip every day.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia is still in crisis. Currently violence flares up again in Aceh. The battle for independence has revived. And Aceh is not the only place, on the Moluccas Christians and Muslems are still fighting eachoter over the most stupendous things, and elsewhere in Indonesia the situation is tense every once in a whyle. Currently about 95% of Indonesias population is subjected to Ramadhan, Islamic fasting. Until almost the end of december they will not eat between sunrise, and sunset, they will not enjoy a sigarette, have sex, and that kind of things. I will skip the part of the explaination or Ramadhan, because I'm not into that at all. . Violence in Aceh rose several weeks before Ramadhan actually started. Demonstrations in cities like Banda Aceh caused rising tensions all over Indonesia, afraid that more heavy violence will cause new terror in the region, prompting renewed economical tensions in the region. Since the economy is still very bad, they try to prevent in all manners any new violence on the archipelago. Since Ramadhan started, quiet has returned, and nature took over the violence, killing over one hundred people in Northern Sumatera floodings and landslides, and leaving at least the same amound injured or missing, could that be the punishment from above?

Posted in Ramadan @ 29 November 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amien gives new Cabinet 90 days People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Amien Rais said the new Cabinet had three months to prove it could cope with the various challenges the nation is facing. "If the Cabinet fails to perform well, the House of Representatives (DPR) may take steps," he told reporters on Saturday after a meeting with the heads of regional branches of the National Mandate Party (PAN) across East Java.

Posted in Politics @ 28 August 2000 16:52 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The prosperous, tree-lined streets of Bandung hearken back to an era earlier this century when the city was known as the Paris of Java. Dutch colonial administrators at that time enlisted European architects and town planners to transform Bandung into an elegant holiday destination dotted with Art Deco buildings and other designs of the day. This heritage, along with cool mountain air, makes the city of 1.8 million people the envy of other large Indonesian centers. Hotels are packed with crowds fleeing Jakarta during weekends. "A lot of government big-shots like to come here and whoop it up," says Rus Edi, a taxi driver.

Posted in General @ 06 June 2000 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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