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Jakarta Post

PKS, governors urge Jokowi to revoke Job Creation Law

  • Alya Nurbaiti and Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Bandung   /   Thu, October 8, 2020   /   07:14 pm
PKS, governors urge Jokowi to revoke Job Creation Law Indonesian labor unions march toward the Presidential Palace during a strike to protest against the government's proposed labor reforms in the controversial Job Creation Law in Jakarta, Oct. 8, 2020. (Reuters/Willy Kurniawan)

Several groups, including the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) and laborers in West Java, have called on President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to issue a regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) to revoke the Job Creation Law.

West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil said on Thursday he would send a letter to Jokowi to pass on the demands of the workers who had urged the President to issue the Perppu.

Earlier on Thursday, around 2,000 workers took to the Gedung Sate gubernatorial office in Bandung to protest the contentious law, which includes several articles, including on severance payment, foreign worker permits, working hours and outsourcing regulations that workers have deemed unfair.

“Workers have raised their objection,” Ridwan tweeted on Thursday afternoon. “We will send a letter containing West Java workers’ stance on rejecting the omnibus law and asking the President to issue a Perppu [revoking the Job Creation Law]”. 

Ridwan said the administration would deliver the letter on Friday. However, he asserted that the letter was not his personal opinion but rather the workers’ stance. 

“My position is in accordance with the workers. I’m sending the letter to convey the worker’s wishes, which is to reject [the omnibus law],” he said, adding that the central government had yet to communicate the law to his administration.

West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji also called on Jokowi to issue a Perppu in a Facebook post on Thursday afternoon. 

“I, the governor of West Kalimantan, hereby implore the President to issue a Perppu to revoke the Job Creation Law as soon as possible to prevent conflict, which may become more widespread,” Sutarmidji said. “A good law should be in accordance with the public’s sense of justice.”

The PKS also urged Jokowi to revoke the contentious law. 

“The PKS urges the President to issue a Perppu to annul the Job Creation Law. We also suggest the public appeal for judicial review of the law at the Constitutional Court,” PKS secretary-general Abu Bakar Al-Habsy said in a written statement on Thursday.

He said Jokowi must take responsibility for the issuance of the omnibus law. 

“President Jokowi should not turn his back on the people. He should meet the protesters and take responsibility because the omnibus bill was proposed by the government,” Abu said.