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Jakarta Post

Insight: Building comprehensive protection against unemployment

  • Kazutoshi Chatani and Fasrul


Jakarta   /   Fri, September 18 2020   /  01:00 am
Workers stage a rally in front of the House of Representatives’ complex in Senayan, Jakarta, on Aug. 25. They opposed the omnibus bill on job creation and called for the government to do more to prevent mass layoffs during the COVID-19 pandemic. JP/Seto Wardhana(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Being able to work from home and receiving a full salary is a privilege for some groups of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of people in the world have lost their jobs. Others are obliged to take the risk of virus infection by working outside the home for the sake of their family’s survival. In Indonesia alone, the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) has just announced an increase of the unemployed by 3.72 million. This figure, of course, excludes the workers whose wages are cut due to reduced working hours. Meanwhile, the government has just announced economic growth of minus 5.3 percent in the second quarter of 2020 and is predicted to remain negative in the third quarter.  The World Bank in last July predicted that the recovery would take quite a long time. In fact, many studies show that long-term unemployment can affect individuals, society ...