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Transparency key to deliberations over omnibus bills

  • Riza Roidila Mufti¬†

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 31, 2020   /  10:30 am
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Workers march on the street in front of the House of Representatives complex in Central Jakarta to protest the omnibus bill on job creation on Jan. 13.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Labor groups, business players and experts may disagree on much over the government’s planned omnibus bills. However, they all agree on one thing: Transparency is key to ensuring a win-win outcome from the deliberations over them. Representatives from business groups, labor unions and economists at a forum on Thursday highlighted the need for the government to be transparent, inclusive and flexible when deliberating over the bills. Timboel Siregar, the secretary-general of the Indonesian Workers Organization, called on his labor union colleagues, business players, the governments — all stakeholders in the omnibus bills on jobs creation and taxation — to be fair and provide constructive input, as opposed to strongly resisting them without clear information about the bills. “Constructive communications must be conducted. The government, labor groups and bus...