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Jakarta Post

Workers `safe' until elections

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 28 2009   /  03:26 pm

Most businesses may wait until after elections before deciding whether to lay off workers permanently, to minimize potential social unrest. The Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) said steps should be taken to help avoid economic and political crises reminiscent of the previous turmoil in the late 1990s. "We will try our best not to lay off employees, but it seems it is inevitable during this time of crisis. Weakening orders forced some firms to reduce their shift hours and working time," Apindo chairman Sofjan Wanandi said during a seminar on Tuesday in Jakarta anticipating this year's potential for massive layoffs. "Companies will start to temporarily dismiss permanent employees in April during the general election, and then we will see the economic situation after the election. If things do not get any better, then there will be layoffs, u...