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Employers seek to defend jobs law amid public outcry

  • Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, October 12, 2020   /  07:34 am
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Apindo chairman Hariyadi B. Sukamdani talks to the press at the Apindo headquarters in Jakarta on Dec. 11, 2019.(The Jakarta Post/Eisya Eloksari)

Businesspeople have sought to defend the recently passed Job Creation Law days after 11 ministers did so, claiming that the regulation will uphold labor rights and will address high labor costs and productivity issues. Indonesian Employer Association (Apindo) chair Hariyadi Sukamdani said on Friday that issues preventing businesses from employing more people formed the background of the drafting and deliberation of the omnibus law. He said the legislation aimed to redress a long-term decline in employment. “In the span of 17 years since Law No. 13/2003 on labor was passed, a significant decline in employment has taken place,” he said in a virtual discussion held by the association. “This is in contrast to the growth of our workforce, which has increased by more than 2 million people every year.” From February 2019 to February of this year, 1.73 million In...