Judges in Indonesia seem set to strike in protest against their low wages. According to The Jakarta Post, “Monthly salaries of low-ranking judges range from Rp 2 million (US$218) to Rp 6 million.” While research suggests that low wages alone does not cause corruption, it is certainly important not to forget that government officials need to earn their keep as well. The Post also reports that SBY’s administration at least wants to appear receptive to their claims:
“The President has heard the judges’ voices and has asked related bodies, such as the Administrative Reforms and Finance Ministries to study their aspirations,” Julian told reporters at the Presidential Office.
Julian, however, could not confirm if the salary increase for judges would be implemented this year as the revised 2012 State Budget had just been approved by the House of Representatives.
We’ll see how this plays out over the next few weeks. In the meantime, it is interesting to note that former Constitutional Court chief Jimly Ashidiqqie joined the judges and appears to be advising them.