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Key points of labor reform in omnibus bill on job creation

  • Esther Samboh

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, February 14 2020   /  01:52 am

The government submitted the controversial omnibus bill on job creation to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, marking a milestone that will kick start deliberations on labor reforms that are intended to woo investors, boost economic growth and create jobs. Some of the key highlights of the bill, a draft of which has been obtained by The Jakarta Post, cover issues related to foreign workers, wages, work hours, redundancy and social security. A one-off extra payment as a “token of appreciation” for workers, which has been referred to as a “sweetener”, is also introduced in the bill.“This is purely to create jobs amid the global uncertainty and the coronavirus crisis by transforming the country’s economy through the omnibus bill,” Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto told the press at the House after submitting the bill. “As for now, we will raise the pu...