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Omnibus bill to help create jobs for less productive labor

  • Dimas Muhamad

Cambridge, Massachusetts, US   /   Wed, February 19 2020   /  01:35 am
World of work: Hundreds of applicants head for a walk-in interview for a bank at the Smesco Building in Jakarta in November 2019. Much of the controversy around the omnibus bill focuses on fears of existing workers, while others hope the new law will create new jobs. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)(JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

World of work: Hundreds of applicants head for a walk-in interview for a bank at the Smesco Building in Jakarta in November 2019. Much of the controversy around the omnibus bill focuses on fears of existing workers, while others hope the new law will create new jobs. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)Nicholas Kristof, a renowned human rights advocate and New York Times columnist, raised eyebrows years ago with an article defending sweatshops in Cambodia. How could a human rights defender do such a thing?In the piece, Kristof shared the stories of people working as scavengers at a Phnom Penh garbage dump. One of them, earning less than US$1 a day, told him that “its dirty, hot and smelly here, a factory is better”. For some of us, working in a factory is probably a nightmare, but for millions who scrape a living without formal jobs, it’s the dream. This is something we lose sight of in our hea...