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Jakarta Post

Employers' association raises concerns over technicalities, enforcement of workplace violence convention

  • Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 14, 2019   /  04:02 pm
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A representative of an employers' association suggests that ratification of the convention would require thorough consideration and preparation as it could create complications for its members.(Shutterstock/designer491)

During a recent discussion on the newly adopted International Labor Organization (ILO) Convention No. 190 on the elimination of violence and harassment in the world of work, a male representative of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) raised a rather common question: What could be considered as violence and harassment? The convention, which was adopted on June 21, stipulated a clear framework that is expected to address gender-based violence and requires every ratifying state to implement measures to prevent and eradicate violence and harassment, as well as to ensure access to treatment for victims. Indonesia has not ratified the convention. "If we see it in the cultural context of Indonesia, [we] actually can't accept this convention because it's very tough, especially for business. If the convention is applied at the company level, there should be clear sta...