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Jakarta Post

Labor union refuses to join deliberation for jobs law derivative regulations

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 16, 2020   /   08:18 am
Labor union refuses to join deliberation for jobs law derivative regulations An aerial photo shows thousands of university students during a protest against the Job Creation Law in Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), on Oct. 8. Protesters demanded that the government revoke the recently passed omnibus law. (Antara/Ahmad Subaidi)

The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) has asserted that it will not participate in the deliberation of regulations to implement the Job Creation Law.

“Workers reject the law; therefore, it’s impossible for us to accept or even to be involved in the discussion of the supporting regulations,” KSPI chairman Said Iqbal said in a statement on Thursday.

He conveyed his suspicion that the government only used the unions to legitimate the speedy deliberation of the law’s derivative regulations.

Said went on to say that the workers felt betrayed, because the House of Representatives had not fulfilled its promise of involving unions in the omnibus law’s deliberation.

“They didn’t listen to our opinions, although we had submitted our feedback to a draft of the law.”

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The KSPI stated workers’ protests against the Job Creation Law would grow bigger in the future. Apart from taking to the streets, the union would pursue legal measures against the recently passed law by requesting a judicial review by the Constitutional Court.

The labor union would also request a legislative review at the House, as well as an executive review by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. Furthermore, the KSPI would launch a campaign to create public awareness about the content of the omnibus law as well as the union’s reasons for rejecting it.

The House submitted the final draft of the Job Creation Law to President Jokowi on Wednesday.

Days prior to the submission, at least four versions of the law’s final draft had been circulating among the public, causing public confusion as to which was the authoritative version.