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Omnibus bill's tripartite forum upsets labor unions

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, February 25, 2020   /  07:21 pm
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Workers from the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) stage a protest against the controversial omnibus bill on job creation in front of the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Feb. 12, 2020.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

As the government is insisting on keeping the provisions in the proposed omnibus bill on job creation on labor rights, another union has decided to leave a tripartite forum set up to support the deliberation process. Joining the other six unions that have abandoned discussions with representatives from the government and business, the National Workers Union (SPN) has decided to withdraw from the forum. The forum was initiated by the Office of the Economic Coordinating Minister to facilitate dialogue between the parties before passing the bill. The proposed bill contains articles about manpower and employment rights in Indonesia that are slated to be revised. Among other revisions, the proposed omnibus bill would revise the 2003 Manpower Law and regulate industrial relations, working hours, wages, job termination and regulations regarding the hiring of foreign workers. The minist...