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Jakarta Post

Unions brave police threat to protest jobs law

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano and Nina A. Loasana


Jakarta   /   Wed, October 7 2020   /  01:00 am
Hundreds of labors stage a protest in Jatiuwung, Tangerang, Banten on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 to protest the Omnibus Law on job creation. In the protest, the workers say they will stage protests and strikes until Thursday.(Antara/Fauzan)

The passage of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation on Monday in a House of Representatives plenary session has been met with widespread opposition from labor groups and civil society organizations, despite the risk of coronavirus transmission and the threat of a crackdown from the National Police. The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) had said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies to express their opposition to the passage of the omnibus bill across Indonesia. “As of today, we ask the permission [of the authorities and factory owners] for these three days to use our constitutional right [to express] our strong rejection of the passage of the job creation bill,” KSPI president Said Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. He said the nationwide strike was largely concentrated in the industria...