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Workers expendable as start-ups scramble for market dominance

  • Rizki Fachriansyah, Made Anthony Iswara and Esther Samboh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 13 2019   /  12:52 am
Uncertain times: An employee shows the Bukalapak app on a smartphone. The homegrown unicorn is in the spotlight following its decision to lay off hundreds of its employees this week, raising concerns about job security in the previously flourishing start-up sector.(Antara/ Aprillio Akbar)(Antara/ Aprillio Akbar)

Uncertain times: An employee shows the Bukalapak app on a smartphone. The homegrown unicorn is in the spotlight following its decision to lay off hundreds of its employees this week, raising concerns about job security in the previously flourishing start-up sector.(Antara/ Aprillio Akbar)In the bustling office of a start-up housed in a busy building in Jakarta’s business district sits Nina (not her real name) in between meetings and conference calls. Her mind wanders aimlessly to her office’s team of 50 people that has witnessed two colleagues being laid off in half a year, while a few others have not had their contracts extended.That is not an ideal employment environment for 36-year-old Nina, who has asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitivity of the issue, as she financially supports her family in East Java. Financial stability is of utmost importance to her, but looking ...