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Jakarta Post

Labor unions demand role in jobs bill deliberation

Workers take part in a protest on May Day, or International Workers' Day, in Tangerang, Banten on May 1 to call on lawmakers to drop omnibus law discussions and focus on handling the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. (AFP/Fajrin Raharjo)
Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie
Jakarta   ●   Sat, June 13 2020

Labor unions have demanded that the government form a technical team that represents workers, the government and business associations fairly to discuss labor-related provisions in the controversial omnibus bill on job creation.

The labor unions made their demands at a meeting on Wednesday evening attended by Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto, Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD and other government officials.

Some of the 12 labor unions that attended, including the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) and the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI), expressed hope that the team would be able to assess and discuss the contentious articles in the bill from both a labor and business perspective.

KSPSI president Andi Gani Nena Wea said some of the unions wanted the labor provisions in the...

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