Minimum wages in Indonesia are set to rise by an average of 19% following a two-day strike at the beginning of the month, although the increase is less than the 50% labour unions had been seeking.

The rise also varies depending on region, with an 11% increase proposed in the capital Jakarta and hikes of between 30% and 40% planned in some other areas. 

The increase is well below the 44% hike in the minimum monthly wage in the capital Jakarta and its surrounding region introduced from January of this year.

But it will see the wage in Jakarta rise to IDR2.44m (US$212.3) a month, up from the current IDR2.2m (US$191.5).

However, according to Said Iqbal, president of IndustriAll global union affiliate FSPMI and the Indonesian Trade Union Confederation (KSPI), this is "not realistic and irrational", as the raise will not cover the cost of living.

The national strike was also marred by violence, labour groups said, with 28 demonstrators attacked and injured.

As well as higher salaries, workers had been seeking health insurance from 1 January 2014 instead of a gradual implementation by 2019, and an end to what they describe as outsourcing violations.