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Employers call for shorter Idul Fitri holiday

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 20, 2018   /   11:53 am
Employers call for shorter Idul Fitri holiday Traffic congestion chokes the Cipali toll road in Cirebon, West Java, on June 28 as travelers return to their regular domiciles three days after Idul Fitri. (Antara/Dedhez Anggara)

The Indonesian Association of Synthetic Fiber Producers (APSYFI) has called on the government to revise its plan for a 10-day Idul Fitri holiday, arguing that the extended holiday would negatively affect industry production and exports.

“We hope the government changes its plan. Learning from last year’s implementation, it will spark confusion on the field,” said APSYFI executive member Prama Yudha in Jakarta on Thursday as reported by tempo.co.

The government has decided to extend the Idul Fitri holiday from June 11 to 19 from the previously scheduled June 14 to 15. It would be the longest Idul Fitri holiday ever.  

He said an extended holiday should have been decided three months before Idul Fitri to allow the industry to adjust import and export volume, the shutdown process, production cuts and other schedules.

Prama suggested that the government only issue a guideline on the extended holiday so that the industry and workers association could discuss the implementation.

He also said freight operation restrictions would hamper exports because while the industry was ready to export, freight-forwarders would not be ready to transport their products. (bbn)