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Creative professionals overworked, report says

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 18, 2020   /  05:53 pm
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Head of research at creative economy workers union Sindikasi, Fathimah Fildzah Izzati (second left), and Manpower Ministry head of occupational accident control Anita Kusumawati (second right) attend a discussion at the launch of a Sindikasi survey in Jakarta on Feb. 15.(JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

Overworking and work accidents have plagued the creative economy industry, according to a recent survey by Sindikasi, a union of over 200 creative and media professionals. The survey, released Saturday, polled around 84 respondents who work in the creative industry in Indonesia, 25 percent of whom work in the media or for the press, while 13 percent work in technology, 11.9 percent in design, 8.3 percent in advertising, 8.3 percent in research and the remaining in unspecified sectors. About 40.5 percent of respondents said they worked more than eight hours a day, the working time set in the 2003 law on employment. In contrast, only 19 percent of respondents said they worked eight hours a day. The study also found that 82.1 percent of the respondents said they did not get overtime pay. These employees worked beyond the normal operational hours due to excessive workloads. Of...