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Workers at pig farm near Batam to get $25 pay rise

Published on Sep 24, 2013 7:44 AM
 
One of the 165 workers on strike at a pig farm in Pulau Bulan, near Batam. A deal has been reached to end a pay dispute at a pig farm near Batam which is the sole supplier of live pigs to Singapore. -- FILE PHOTO: F. PANGESTU

A deal has been reached to end a pay dispute at a pig farm near Batam which is the sole supplier of live pigs to Singapore.

Its 300 workers will be given a 225,000 rupiah (S$25) a month wage increase on top of their minimum pay. Suppliers said this is unlikely to affect prices here.

Ms Duma Sitanggang, who represents the 300 workers at the 1,500ha farm in Pulau Bulan, said: "We don't consider this a win or loss but think it is enough to send a message to employers to remember to consider the welfare of those workers who have served for over a decade and yet are paid pitifully small salary increases."

She claims that over the last five years, pay rises have been between just 5,000 and 20,000 rupiah a month. The deal was reached on Friday and led to yesterday's wage talks being called off.

 
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