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Indonesia seeks talks on workers’ wage deductions

Staff writer, with CNA, JAKARTA

An Indonesian official said on Wednesday that Jakarta will seek negotiations with the Council of Labor Affairs next month to address salary issues for Indonesian migrant workers in Taiwan.

At issue is whether a monthly board and lodging fee of NT$2,500 should be deducted from Indonesian workers who earn the minimum national wage of NT$19,047, Indonesian Overseas Workers Placement Director Roostiawati said.

The Indonesian Economic and Trade Office (IETO) in Taipei in May complained to the council over the imposition of the deduction.

Last week more than 100 Indonesian fishermen working in Taiwan gathered in Yilan County to protest the deduction. Ten were later sent home after labor brokerages terminated their contracts in retaliation for the protest.

Roostiawati said Indonesia wants to solve the problem soon and that the IETO will initiate the negotiations.

Asked about her own views on the salary deduction, Roostiawati declined to comment, saying only that her government will do its utmost to solve any relevant issues regarding Indonesian migrant workers.

About 44 percent of the migrant workers in Taiwan, or more than 190,000, are Indonesians, according to the trade office.

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