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Manpower Ministry mulls options to protect laid-off workers

  • Riza Roidila Mufti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 22, 2019   /  07:30 am
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Workers during the annual May Day rally in Jakarta on May 1, 2019. (JP/Donny Fernando)

Many workers in Indonesia are employed on limited contracts, especially as the so-called gig economy takes hold, but who and what is there to protect them if their contract ends abruptly? Take 28-year-old Tristan, who has worked for a local start-up for only seven months. He has taken up his dream job at a social enterprise that focuses on environmental issues, but the downside is insecurity over the sustainability of his job. “My fear is that if can’t deliver my best work for the client, I will get cut. I have a contract, but my concern is that I can’t sustain or retain it,” said Tristan, one of some 74 million people working in the informal sector, who accounted for 57 percent of Indonesia’s labor force in February, according to Statistics Indonesia’s (BPS) latest employment data. With the jobs market becoming increasingly flexible, the Manp...