Manpower Minister ensures continued supervision of foreign workers

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesia Manpower Minister Ida Fauziyah made assurance of the government’s intent to continue to supervise foreign workers (TKA) in strategic projects, including construction of the Jakarta-Bandung high-speed railway.

“There is also a supervisory team that monitors (foreign workers) – a control team of foreign workers. This will continue to supervise the hiring of foreign workers. It ensures that (they will be hired) only according to the needs,” the minister noted after meeting President Director of PT Indonesia China High Speed Railway (KCIC) Chandra Dwiputra at the project site in Cawang, East Jakarta, here on Monday.

Dwiputra asserted that foreign workers should be roped in as per the needs since some industries require certain expertise not yet possessed by the local workforce.

The permission to hire foreign workers (RPTKA) will only be granted by the Ministry of Manpower if the workers have expertise that is not yet possessed by Indonesian workers, Dwiputra expounded.

During a meeting with the managing director of PT KCIC, the minister ensured that Chinese foreign workers involved in the project possessed capabilities in line with the proposed RPTKA and a transfer of knowledge took place from foreign workers to their local counterparts.

Of the 12 thousand workforce involved in the Jakarta-Bandung fast train project, some two thousand are Chinese workers, while the rest are Indonesian workers. The Chinese workers are being hired since the directions to use the equipment are in Mandarin language.

Dwiputra ensured that once the transfer of knowledge is conducted, the foreign workers would return to their country, and the Indonesian workers will conduct further operations.

“This project is expected to run to meet our expectations and be handled properly by the Chinese and Indonesian governments. It is expected to be operated in 2022,” she added.


Source: Antara News


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