Indonesian Workers Demonstrate against the President’s Job Decree

On Saturday, thousands of workers demonstrated in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, to urge lawmakers to reject a presidential decree that opponents claim will weaken labour rights and environmental safeguards.In Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, President Joko Widodo replaced a contentious jobs law with an emergency decree last month, a move that some legal experts said breached a court order.

The 2020 Jobs Creation Law had been declared invalid by the Constitutional Court because there had not been enough public input before the law’s passage. It commanded MPs to wrap up a new procedure by November. 38-year-old protester Damar Panca Mulia referred to the decree as a government ruse intended to ensure that the job law will be implemented.

According to him, “this regulation weakens worker welfare, scales back workers’ rights, and harms agrarian issues, the environment, and women’s safety.” This directive contradicts the idea that improving employee wellbeing should go hand in hand with creating jobs. This is the reason we oppose it.Some protesters carried signs that stated “Refuse job creation emergency decree since there is no emergency scenario,” while others carried banners that read “Say no to outsourcin

As per Joko Heriono, 59, the regulation left workers uneasy because they may be fired without cause and would receive less in severance pay. Outsourcing and the decree’s minimum wage regulation, according to Labour Party Chairman Said Iqbal, are two concerns to be concerned about.

We don’t want the state to solely serve as a tool for immoral businesspeople to undercut the wellbeing of workers, Said told reporters. Foreign investors have praised the Jobs Creation Law for reducing red tape and updating more than 70 other legislation.

According to the deputy speaker of the legislature this week, the decree’s legal validity will be evaluated during the current session. A group of Indonesians requested a judicial review of the rule from the Constitutional Court last week.

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