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Jakarta Post

Labor unions continue working with govt on omnibus deliberation

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 16, 2020   /   10:55 am
Labor unions continue working with govt on omnibus deliberation 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 jobs. (JP/Wendra Ajistyatama)

Six labor unions have maintained their pledge to join the government in the deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation, which is expected to be completed in August.

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, the labor unions; All-Indonesian Workers Confederation Union (KSPSI) led by Yoris Raweyai, Confederation of Indonesian Prosperity Trade Unions (KSBSI), KSarbumusi labor union, National Federation of Trade Unions (KSPN),  the Federation of Farming and Plantation Workers (FSP Pertanian and Perkebunan) and the Federation of Timber and Forestry Workers Unions  (FSP Kahutindo), said following a meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, and a subsequent meeting with the coordinating political, legal and security affairs minister,  that the group was convinced labor unions could have their interests represented in the deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation.

"With all the risks involved, we will be consistent in making our demands. We will continue fighting for this with street rallies, publications, political lobbying, negotiations, social dialogue and other efforts," the coalition said in a press statement.

The group will also join the technical tripartite team set up to deliberate the omnibus bill on job creation.

The tripartite team comprises representatives from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo), labor unions and the government.

The group also said that its participation in the deliberation of the omnibus bill on job creation could not be interpreted as its endorsement of the bill but might instead be seen as a channel through which labor unions could sound their objections to proposed provisions in the bill.

The group said the decision from two labor unions to walk away from the deliberation process should be seen as the result of team dynamics and that disagreements and differing opinions were commonplace in the labor union struggle.

The government expects the House of Representatives to finish deliberating the omnibus bill on job creation by late August or early September, Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto said on Tuesday.

The omnibus bill contains 15 chapters and 174 articles laid out in over 1,000 pages. It seeks to revise 79 prevailing laws and more than 1,200 articles considered to be hampering Indonesia’s efforts to attract investment.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is pushing the omnibus bill’s deliberation with the aim of cutting red tape and spurring investment into the country, after failing to attract companies moving out of China in 2019 amid slowing investment growth.