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Civil, labor groups bring Job Creation Law to Constitutional Court

  • Galih Gumelar

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, November 5, 2020   /  07:48 pm
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Words of protest: Words spray-painted on a wall in Jakarta reflect the sentiments of protesters who have opposed the House of Representatives' passing of the controversial Job Creation Law, which sparked days of nationwide protests. The graffiti reads: “Want to be elected/Want to be heard/After [they are] elected/They don’t want to hear. R.I.P.” (JP/Seto Wardhana)

The new Job Creation Law has fueled anger among labor and civil groups, prompting them to challenge it at the Constitutional Court (MK). By Wednesday, the court had received four petitions filed by these groups, which seek either a full repeal of the law or annulments of some provisions they considered a violation of their constitutional rights on various grounds. All but one of the petitions were lodged before President Joko “Jokowi” signed the law on Monday to allow it to enter into force nearly a month after it was passed by the House of Representatives and after a series of nationwide protests. “So far, we have scheduled the first hearings for three of the four petitions,” Constitutional Court spokesman Fajar Laksono told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday. The first petition was registered on Oct. 22 by the West Java-based Singaperbangsa Worker Union F...