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News Summary: Indonesian laborers go on strike

STRIKE: Laborers across Indonesia are in the second day of a nationwide strike to demand more benefits and higher pay as a raise was granted for workers in the capital.

WANTED: The main demand was a minimum wage hike, which would raise salaries in Jakarta to about $330 per month, according to Said Iqbal, chairman of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions. The same workers were given a 44 percent pay increase following similar protests last year that involved hundreds of thousands of workers nationwide.

HARD LIVING: The cost of living has increased dramatically in Indonesia after the government cut fuel subsidies this summer amid soaring inflation and a weakening of the local currency against the dollar.

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