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Experts take on protecting rapidly growing number of gig workers

  • Norman Harsono

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, July 24, 2019   /  06:55 pm
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Wait for it: Ride-hailing app drivers queue up to buy food for their customers at the Pisang Goreng Madu Bu Nanik food outlet in Tanjung Duren, West Jakarta.(The Jakarta Post/Arief Suhardiman)

The International Labour Organization (ILO) has called on Indonesia to discuss protective measures for internet-based gig workers such as ride-hailing drivers and freelancers. “They need to sit down together: companies, workers and the government. If regulations cannot accommodate such workers, they can agree beforehand on what is the best protection for these workers,” said ILO program officer Lusiani Julia on the sidelines of a seminar in Jakarta on Wednesday. The ILO, Manpower Ministry and Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) have been in talks since early this year on the gig economy and its workers. The ILO describes the gig economy as "one of the most important new transformations in the world of work" that the organization has been studying since 2015. The ILO urged Indonesia to adapt its labor laws, including the 2003 Manpower Law, to new worki...