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Jobs bill could hurt labor, harm environment: World Bank

  • Yunindita Prasidya

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 20 2020   /  01:00 am
Activists who are members of the United People's Alliance (ARB) are holding a #GejayanMeminding peace rally Rejecting Omnibuslaw in Gejayan, Sleman, D.I Yogyakarta, Monday (9/3/2020). In the action which was participated by thousands of students as well as the public from various elements, they rejected the Omnibus Law Cipta Karya Bill which was considered detrimental to the community. (Antara/Andreas Fitri Atmoko )

The World Bank has expressed strong criticism toward the omnibus bill on job creation, arguing that the proposed reform currently under deliberation at the House of Representatives could adversely affect the environment and labor rights. World Bank Indonesia and Timor Leste country director Satu Kahkonen said the bill was very much needed so Indonesia could attract foreign investors. However, she expressed concerns about the environmental and labor aspects of the bill. “It’s going to move Indonesia’s environmental legislation further away from the implementation of best practices,” Kahkonen said during a virtual launch of the Indonesia Economic Prospect report on Thursday. She said the bill “is basically not helping Indonesia,” as it proposed loosening environmental protection requirements, which could negatively affect the livelihoods of thos...