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Palace operatives scramble to lobby labor groups over omnibus bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya, Margareth Aritonang and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Fri, February 7, 2020   /  07:46 am
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Thousands of workers from the Indonesian Worker Union Confederation (KSPI) 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. 20.(JP/Moch. Fiqih Prawira)

The fate of the omnibus bill for job creation — a key piece of legislation for President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s sweeping economic reform agenda — appears to be hanging in the balance, with the State Palace struggling to get the labor unions on board the President’s ambitious project. Jokowi, whose coalition controls the majority of seats at the House of Representatives, has pledged to get the bill passed into law within 100 days after submitting the legislation to the lawmakers. The Palace, however, still lacks the support of labor unions that suspect the bill would undermine their rights, forcing government officials to revise the initial draft, keep its content from public scrutiny and delay its submission to the House. Presidential Spokesperson Fadjroel Rachman said the government would continue to engage labor groups to win their support for ...