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Integrating skills development into job creation bill

  • Tauvik M. Soeherman

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Jakarta   /   Thu, April 30, 2020   /  11:10 am
Integrating skills development into job creation bill Workers march on the street in front of the House of Representatives (DPR) complex in Central Jakarta to protest against the omnibus bill on job creation on Jan 13. (JP/Seto Wardhana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has delayed the deliberation of the job creation omnibus bill just a week before labor groups were gearing up to mark the International Labor Day in a nationwide rally on Thursday to protest the draft law. Labor unions view the bill as a regulatory framework that facilitates “easy hiring and firing ”. They have argued that it provides a red carpet to massive investment at the expense of workers’ protection. This absence of protection for workers’ rights is evident in the lax minimum wage mechanism and the increased flexibility for termination and outsourcing. The labor unions have also claimed that, as key stakeholders in the bill, they had been left behind in the drafting process. The unions welcomed the postponement of the House of Representatives' deliberation of the bill, but employers regretted the decision...

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