Manpower Ministry to supervise new normal in world of work

  Jakarta The Manpower Minister has said her ministry will supervise the implementation of the new normal in the world of work, and companies will likely face sanctions if they fail to enforce health protocols.   “The Ministry of Manpower will provide guidance and supervision. The first (priority) is certainly to provide guidance,” said Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah, after leading a disinfection drive in Mampang Prapatan, South Jakarta, on Friday.   To ensure that business operations are carried out in accordance with the health protocol, the COVID-19 Occupational Safety and…

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Digitalization helps boost palm oil co performance amid COVID-19

  Jakarta Indonesian palm oil company, PT Astra Agro Lestari, has recorded positive operational and financial performance amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has posed economic challenges worldwide. In a statement received in Jakarta on Friday, the company informed that operations at its palm oil plantations and mills are running normally, with the application of strict health protocols in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, while its office employees have been working from home since March this year. “We pioneered the digitalization program three years ago, so it has not been…

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Ministry holds virtual meeting with PLN customers over bill surge

Jakarta The Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment held a virtual hearing on Friday, June 12, with customers of state electricity company PLN in connection with complaints over their inflated bills.   “I would like to know from people, who felt the burden of the electricity bill that unreasonably increased,” Purbaya Yudhi Sadewa, an official of energy affairs at the ministry, noted in a statement received here on Saturday.   The ministry opened a complaint channel through email on pengaduanenergi@maritim.go.id that has received some 234 complaint files from June…

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Civil servants wear distance-sensor device to fight COVID-19

  Siak, Riau Civil servants in Dayun Sub-district, Siak District, Riau Province, have begun wearing a distance-sensor device around their neck to maintain physical distancing at the workplace while lowering the risk of contracting novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).   The distance-sensor device was named “senjata,” which translates to weapon in Indonesian, Novendra Kasmara, the Dayun chief, stated on Saturday.   “Despite its name, it is not a sharp and dangerous object. This device is designed to alert officials in office to maintain the requisite safe distance,” he stated while adding…

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Government’s Tapera program will be added burden on workforce: KSPSI

Jakarta The government’s latest public housing savings program (Tapera), necessitating employees and employers to contribute to a mandatory mortgage loan scheme, may boost workers’ homeownership though could “put a heavy burden” on them, a union stated.   “Tapera’s mandatory fee would be an added burden on workers, as they have to pay other dues every month. If all is counted, it would take more than eight percent from their total monthly salary,” President of the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI) Andi Gani Nena Wea noted in a statement, here, Saturday.…

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Ministry to augment swampland food production during dry season

  Jakarta The Agriculture Ministry will strategize to ensure national food security during the dry season in 2020 by boosting food production in swampland areas. Fadjry Djufry, the ministry’s head of the Agriculture Research and Development Agency, noted in a statement here on Saturday that implementation of the new normal order that coincidentally begin at the start of the dry season has raised vigilance on the threat to national food adequacy. “Food availability would become the main focus during the COVID-19 pandemic, not only in terms of supply but also…

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