Indonesia: Labour articles to be discussed amid public protests

  • The House of Representatives will begin deliberations on the omnibus bill on job creation with noncontroversial topics and discuss controversial provisions on labor at the end following opposition from labor groups.
  • The House’s Legislation Body (Baleg) held a closed-door meeting on 21 Apr 20 to decide which chapters would be discussed first and last.
  • Baleg’s deputy chairman Willy Aditya told The Jakarta Post on 21 Apr 20 that the bill’s chapter on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) empowerment would be discussed first, while the manpower chapter would be last.
  • “We will invite some relevant community groups to public hearings to deliberate each chapter,” the NasDem Party politician said.
  • The omnibus bill on job creation consists of 15 chapters and 174 articles.
  • Willy added that Baleg members had also agreed to invite six to nine experts in law, business law, business and investment on 22 Apr 20 to discuss the bill’s purposes and objectives, which would be stipulated in its second chapter.
  • Despite the order of deliberations, labor unions still plan to hold mass rallies in front of executive and legislative offices across the nation on 30 Apr 20 to oppose the bill despite a ban on crowds under the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that have been implemented in Jakarta and other cities.
  • Around 50,000 workers throughout Greater Jakarta also plan to stage protests in front of the legislative complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta.

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