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Jakarta Post

Workers set to strike as House, govt agree on labor cluster in jobs bill

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, September 30, 2020   /  08:24 am
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Workers stage a rally in front of the House of Representatives complex in Senayan, Jakarta, on Aug. 25. They opposed the omnibus bill on job creation and called for the government to do more to prevent mass layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. JP/Seto Wardhana(JP/Seto Wardhana)

At least 5 million workers have planned a national strike as the House of Representatives and the government concluded the deliberation of the labor issues in the omnibus bill on job creation on Sunday, abandoning an earlier plan to drop the articles. The strike is planned to take place from Oct. 6 to 8, when the House is expected to hold plenary sessions to pass the bill into law. The deliberation on the cluster containing revisions to the 2003 Labor Law has been the most difficult part in passing the bill since it has been marred by protests from labor unions. There had been plans to leave the cluster out of the bill deliberation process due to the strong resistance from the unions. During a session held from Friday to Sunday, lawmakers and the government agreed upon at least nine points of the revisions. Among the points that have been agreed is abolishing the sectoral min...