The official minimum wage for Bali is currently less than the standard set for Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta.
This disparity has Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika concerned.
Following the recent popular election of Jokowi as Jakarta’s new governor, he immediately increased the minimum wage level for Jakarta workers to Rp. 2.2 million per month (US$229).
Meanwhile, the minimum wage level for workers in Bali is Rp. 1,181,00 (US$123), a figure far below that earned by workers in Jakarta.
Alarmed at the disparity in wages, governor Pastika said that Bali as a tourism destination should be paying living wages to its workers.
As reported by Seputarbali.com, Pastika pledge to review the minimum wage level in Bali and increase wages, if not on a par with Jakarta at least to a level acceptable to both workers and employers.
Separately, a member of Commission II for the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Nyoman Sugawa Korry said the that the minimum wage is not some ideal to be compared to the wage paid in Jakarta or other provinces with higher minimum wage standards.
Korry said the minimum wage paid in Bali was a consensus arrived at by the government, business and the workers of Bali.
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