Parliament & Labor Union agree to drafting team

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President of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), Said Iqbal. (Photo: Prive. Doc)

IO – The Parliament, in collaboration with several labor unions, has agreed to form a drafting team to discuss the labor cluster on the Draft Omnibus Law on Employment Creation. The President of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), Said Iqbal, said that the team was formed to equalize perspectives between labor unions and Parliament regarding labor clusters. Said Iqbal said the leadership of the Parliament, represented by Sufmi Dasco Ahmad, Supratman, Willy Aditya, and several other members of the Legislative Committee from various factions, agreed to form a drafting team consisting of representatives from labor unions. 

According to him, the unions represent 32 labor federations and confederations, including 13 KSPI Andi Gani federations, 9 KSPI federations, 3 KSPI Yoris federations, and several other federations, such as FSPMI, PPMI 98, a forum for teachers and honorary staff, and so on. “From the Parliament, this team will be led by Dasco and Willy Aditya,” said Said Iqbal at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Tuesday (18/8/2020). 

Deputy Speaker of the Parliament Sufmi Dasco Ahmad said each parliamentary faction would send one person to join the drafting team, which also has experts from the Legislative Committee of the Parliament. “We have agreed to form a drafting team consisting of members of the Legislative Committee for the Employment Creation Omnibus Draft Bill and a labor union team,” he added, after receiving KSPI President Said Iqbal. 

Dasco said Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Legislative Committee Willy Aditya will lead the team and work for two days, 20~21 August 2020. He hopes that by the date the target can be achieved with common ground and various solutions to problematic articles, especially those related to the employment cluster. “Hopefully, it is hoped that common ground and solutions to various articles that are considered problematic can be overcome, based on input from the labor union. The union will submit its analysis and objections in the drafting team meetings,” he said. 

Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Legislative Committee Willy Aditya admitted that there were several problematic articles in the draft bill, for example, those related to standards and criteria for labor entry, wages, job security, and severance pay. Willy said that all these issues would be discussed in the drafting team. Besides, he said, the drafting team would explore nine other points. 

“They have offered notes. So far, we have obtained the results of the tripartite discussions from the government, so that we will compare them later. That is just the discussion at the Parliamentary level; the next stage will be discussed with the government,” said Willy. 

Said Iqbal said the union hopes that the draft of the bill will not be passed. According to him, things that have not been regulated in Law 13/2003 can be used as input. Like the digital economy, online transportation can be included as material for discussion. Said Iqbal claimed that there were differences between the team formed by the Parliament and the technical team formed by the government, as a technical team is only a rubber stamp. It is as if the Minister of Manpower had invited a tripartite though there is no change. 

Iqbal said the drafting team would compile a sort of Problem Inventory List (DIM) on the bill. This DIM will later be juxtaposed with the draft bill and the results of the government-formed technical team. “We will formulate the arguments article by article so that later the output will come from a drafting team such as DIM,” said Iqbal. 

Even so, Iqbal assessed that the DIM formed by the drafting team would later be much stronger than the results of the government’s technical team. He said the technical team formed by the government only used the labor union as a facade as if that they had been involved in the deliberations on the bill. “The union is only used as a means of legitimacy for the government to fulfill the procedure of inviting tripartite,” said Iqbal. 

Furthermore, Said Iqbal emphasized that the work in this joint team did not mean the union would negate the action. The trade union continues to take action. This action was a form of support for the Parliament to reject the government’s version of the draft bill, as well as support for the joint team from the Parliament and labor unions, so that labor proposals can be accepted by the Parliament. (dan)