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Rough road in realizing decent work for all

  • Naimah Talib and Susan Herawati

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 31, 2019   /  04:08 pm
Rough road in realizing decent work for all Standing for the rights: Members of labor unions in West Java stage a rally in front of the Gedung Sate heritage building in Bandung, West Java, on April 23 to call for improved wages and working conditions. (Antara/Novrian Arbi)

“They were all got trapped inside the building. No way out. We suspected the door was locked.” explained the head of the Binjai Policy Department in Langkat, North Sumatra, regarding a deadly incident that occurred in a gas lighter factory on June 21, which had killed 30 workers — at least three of whom were children. Following an investigation, the director of the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan) clarified that only one factory employee had insurance. The investigation further revealed that the factory was illegal, lacked working safety procedures, violated minimum wage and safety environment requirements, and allegedly employed children. This is utterly shocking and heartbreaking, yet the nightmare may continue, thus this workplace catastrophe may be the tip of the iceberg. We do not know for sure if the factory was the only one that viol...

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