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Jakarta Post

Labor market reforms catch-22 for policymakers

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 21, 2019   /  07:30 am
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Workers staged protests on Friday, Aug. 16, nearby the House of Representatives complex against the government's plan to revise the 2003 Labor Law.(Antara/Galih Pradipta)

As President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo presented his state of the nation address on the great future that lies ahead for the country’s human resources in front of lawmakers and policymakers at the House of Representatives last Friday, the events outside the complex were not so encouraging. A few minutes’ walk from where President Jokowi, dressed in royal Sasak attire, spoke of the government’s commitment to human capital development — a key priority of the proposed 2020 state budget — hundreds of workers took to the streets in protest of a planned revision of Indonesia’s 2003 Labor Law. A document showing key points of the proposed revision went viral on messenger and social media platfo...