Despite huge opposition from Indonesian workers and communities, the government and the house of representative (DPR-RI) passed the Omnibus Bill on Job Creation into law on 5 October 2020. The law will put the interests and demands of foreign investors ahead of workers, communities and the environment. The labour cluster of the Omnibus Law significantly undermines labour rights including those guaranteed by international law and diminishes the existing benefits guaranteed by the Employment Act No.13/2003.
Trade unions in Indonesia have strongly voiced their opposition and expressed their resolution to take various massive actions across the country involving millions of workers against this Omnibus Law.
Shoya Yoshida, General Secretary of ITUC-AP, expresses his solidarity with the Indonesian workers and pledges the ITUC-AP continued support to its affiliates in Indonesia, the KSPI and the KSBSI, in their struggles. He underlines that stable and constructive industrial relations are the essential base for the national development which is even more important in these times of global pandemic where everyone must work together to ensure community safety and to rebuild the economy. He therefore calls on the Indonesian government to engage in a constructive dialogue with trade unions.
The ITUC-AP is calling its affiliates in the Asian and Pacific region to support the call of Indonesian trade unions to the government to repeal the Omnibus Law on Job Creation.