Indonesia's Industry Ministry has asked that labor-intensive firms, including shoe and garment manufacturers, be exempted from adopting the new minimum wage that is due to come into force in 2013 in an attempt to boost the industries and in view of the country's expected industrial growth. According to the Jakarta Post, MS Hidayat argued that labor-intensive companies, which employ tens of thousands of workers, may have to lay off their workers if they are forced to comply with the new minimum wages. A number of incidents occurred throughout 2012 where members of labor unions protested about low wages and poor working conditions, forcing several factories to suspend production. Leather, footwear and textiles were among the slowest-growing sectors in the country in 2012, registering a combined growth of 3.6 percent, down from a rise of 8.8 percent in 2011.