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Omnibus bill on shaky ground after layoffs

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano, Ardila Syakriah and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, April 20, 2020   /  09:09 am
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Hundreds of protestors consisting of students, laborers and artists hold a rally at the People's Mobile Alliance (ARB) to reject the omnibus law on job creation on March 3. (9/3/2020). (JP/Bambang Muryanto)

The deliberation of the disputed omnibus bill on job creation has met further resistance as the country is facing massive layoffs due to an economic slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

The draft bill, which seeks to concurrently amend 79 laws including the 2003 Manpower Law, has been vehemently opposed by labor unions that have condemned the bill for cutting labor rights and instead benefitting employers.

As millions have been furloughed and laid off, labor unions plan to hold mass rallies nationwide on April 30 to oppose the bill despite a ban on crowds under large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that have been implemented in Jakarta and other cities.

The massive wave of layoffs has seen several parties in the government coalition at the House of Representatives join the public in opposing the bill.

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