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Massive layoffs loom due to COVID-19

  • Made Anthony Iswara

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, March 23, 2020   /  11:33 am
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It’s oh so quiet: A mall in Senayan, Central Jakarta, is relatively light of visitors as retail businesses face the effects of COVID-19. The pandemic is putting the resilience the economy to test.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

A labor leader has called on the government and companies to promptly take measures to avoid widespread layoffs as COVID-19 threatens workers' welfare. Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) president Said Iqbal suggested last Friday an alternating shift system or partial dismissal in a bid to keep production running without laying off workers. In the case of a partial lockdown, he also urged employers to send their employees home without cutting their salaries. "We know that the coronavirus pandemic situation is very difficult. But the government and employers must act decisively and responsibly to provide protection for workers," Said said in a press statement. Said's concern echoes global worries that COVID-19 will cause mass job losses as it adversely affects businesses. Almost 25 million jobs could be lost worldwide as a result of COVID-19, t...