Indonesia distributes Rp$947 billion in wage subsidies
The Indonesian government has disbursed wage subsidies valued at Rp$947 billion (US$65.7 million) to subsidise the salaries of 947,499 workers and support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.
This will apply to workers employed in areas under levels 3 and 4 public mobility restrictions, who will receive a wage subsidy of Rp$1 million (US$69) for two consecutive months.
Recipients of the subsidy will be those who are registered with the Workers Social Security Agency, writes Antara News. The list will then be passed on to the Manpower Ministry for fund disbursement.
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“Through this assistance, we hope that companies can rise from the impact of the pandemic, and workers can meet their basic needs,” the Directory-General of Treasury at the Finance Ministry said on its Instagram page.
The government hopes that the subsidy can prevent massive layoffs, as employers are facing difficulties paying out their workers’ wages.