Labor Challenges in the Era of MEA

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UNAIR NEWS – In commemoration of the National Labor Day which falls on May 1, academicians of Universitas Airlangga Faculty of Law in cooperation with the Alliance of Workers in East Java held a national seminar,  “The Challenge of Labor in the Era of MEA between liberalization and protection”. The seminar was held in FH UNAIR, on Wednesday (6/4).

Seminar on labor was attended by national leaders such as East Java Vice Governor Saifullah Yusuf, member of Parliament Rieke Dyah Pitaloka, and labor law expert FH UNAIR Dr . M. Hadi Subhan. Hundreds of workers who are members of the alliance also enlivened the seminar.

Dean Prof. FH UNAIR Dr. Eman, SH, MS, who opened the seminar hoped that discussion of labor can formulate solutions and proposals to improve the quality of life of the labors and other workers.

Vice Governor of East Java known as Gus Ipul in the seminar said that he was discussing the draft of local regulations on labor in East Java. “Wages in Indonesia is cheap, even the second lowest after Vietnam. Another important issue to know is 60% of the workforce in East Java only go to school for seven years. That means, after or during the first level of high school, they had to resign, “said Vice Governor of East Java.

The man who is now 51-year-old also talked about the employment relationship with the company in East Java. According to him, there are some companies who hold diplomas employees with cheap wages.

House of Representatives Commission VI member who is also Chairman of the Federation of Indonesian Port Labor Unions (FPPPI) Rieke suggested that the government also oversees the depravity of employment under the State Owned Enterprises (SOEs) while referring to the case of PT. Pelindo III.

Rieke also referred to the process of industrialization undertaken by Bung Karno. According to him, when foreign capital in Indonesia managed to absorb the labor force as much as possible, then workers should also get the job and a decent wage.

Hadi who is also labor experts FH UNAIR revealed that there are eight types of labor agreed upon by the leaders of ASEAN countries. Another fundamental thing is the only company allowed to employ foreign labor quota should not exceed 10% of the entire workforce in Indonesia.

“We are obliged to escort the regulations that have been agreed. In the law on contract workers, in principle, should not, except for seasonal workers. It is usually abused by the company, for example, contracted worker for 30 years and even others contracted for 50 years until retirement, “he said. (*)

Author: Akhmad Janni
Editor: Defrina Sukma S.

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