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Jakarta Post

Unions, students, CSOs gear up for protests against omnibus bill on job creation

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, February 29, 2020   /  10:54 am
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Approximately 100 protesters, comprising members of around 20 labor groups under the alliance of Jakarta Labor Movement, take to the streets of Tanjung Priok Port in North Jakarta on Jan. 9.(JP/Adrian Wail Akhlas)

A coalition of civil society organizations, major labor unions and student organizations is preparing for street rallies in March to protest against the omnibus bill on job creation. The planned protest of the 1,028-page draft bill, released by the government on Feb. 12, comes following the withdrawal of some labor unions from a government-formed coordination team consisting of union, business and government representatives. The unions refused to stay on the team as they want change in the draft bill before it is sent to the House for deliberation. They also believe that the team was made solely to legitimize the bill. Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto, however, stated that the draft from the government was final and the ball was in the House's court now. Representatives from the Indonesian People’s Faction (FRI), which consists of student organizati...