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Unions, groups brave COVID-19, police threat to protest Job Creation Law

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Nina A. Loasana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, October 6, 2020   /  08:01 pm
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Workers go on strike at PT Panarub Industry in Tangerang on Oct. 6 to protest against Job Creation Law.(Antara/Fauzan)

The passage of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation on Monday in a House of Representatives plenary session has been met with widespread opposition from labor groups and civil society organizations, despite the risk of coronavirus transmission and the threat of a crackdown from the National Police. The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) had said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies to express their opposition to the passage of the omnibus bill across Indonesia. “As of today, we ask the permission [of the authorities and factory owners] for these three days to use our constitutional right [to express] our strong rejection of the passage of the job creation bill,” KSPI president Said Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. He said the nationwide strike was largely concentrated in the industria...