House of Representatives speaker Puan Maharani ensured that the parliament had consistently fought for labor interests by pushing the government to involve labor groups in discussing regulations derived from the Job Creation Law.
These regulations include those regarding wage, work relations, and job loss insurance, as well as foreign manpower.
“It is the House’s commitment to consistently fight for labor interests. We are keen to see the Indonesian economy recover and the welfare for the Indonesian labor improve,” according to a press statement made by Maharani at the commemoration of International Labor Day received here, Saturday.
The politician urged employers to fulfil the rights of their employees, particularly in connection with the holiday employee benefits, popularly called THR, in line with the implemented government regulation that this year’s benefit around the Eid Al-Fitr holiday be paid in full and on time.
The policy on the benefit this year is slightly different from that of last year when leeways were granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The government should conduct active surveillance to ensure that companies are paying holiday benefits to their employees,” she affirmed.
Maharani is also optimistic of the economy bouncing back and of job vacancies opening up wider and for higher absorption of manpower.
The speaker admitted to being concerned after finding out that the wages and workload of several workers were reduced, and some were also dismissed and their work contract terminated owing to the difficult times faced by companies reeling from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Happy Labor Day. I hope this year would be the year of our awakening towards a more prosperous and advanced Indonesia,” she remarked.
Source: Antara News