Workers and entrepreneurs both deserve a fair deal

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Head of the DPR RI Legislative Committee Supratman Andi Agtas. (Doc. DPR RI)

IO – The House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat – “DPR”) and Government agree that both workers and entrepreneurs deserve a fair deal, covering both rights and obligations. This statement is included in the formulation of the Job Opportunity Creation Omnibus Draft Law. An important point in the Draft Law is that workers have the right to the receipt of Job Loss Insurance (Jaminan Kehilangan Pekerjaan – “JKP”) by setting aside monthly premium payments. 

JKP is a policy that provides additional insurance to workers who are registered members of Employment Social Security Administrator (Badan Penyelenggara Jaminan Sosial Tenaga Kerja – “BP Jamsostek”) who suffer from severance of working relations. JKP is comprised of three facilities: A monthly cash transfer facility, an education and training facility for improving the newly-unemployed capacity and skills, and the provision of access to new job information or channeling of these workers to previous employing companies. 

Chairman of the DPR RI’s Legislative Committee Supratman Andi Agtas stated that all the political decisions made to bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and workers in the employment-related cluster of laws in the Job Opportunity Creation Draft Law are sufficient. “The decisions that we made are beneficial to both parties as well as to the State and nation as a whole,” he said in the Job Opportunity Creation Draft Law Task Force Meeting held in Jakarta on Sunday (27/09/2020) night. 

Supratman further stated that the Job Opportunity Creation Draft Law will include reductions for workers in relation to the JKP premium payments. The Draft Law further applies affirmative policy for entrepreneurs who employ Indonesian nationals in their company. “The point of our (DPR and Government) decision is to spare our domestic workers from further burdens,” he said. 

Government has previously agreed that no existing benefits – Old Age Benefit, Pension Benefit, Job Accident Benefit, and Death Benefit – will be eliminated. “We hope that with the affirmative policy, workers can improve their productivity and entrepreneurs can get more benefit from investing in Indonesia. And finally, national income will increase,” Supratman said. 

Meanwhile, Chairwoman of Regional Representative Council (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah – “DPD”) of RI’s Committee III, Sylviana Murni, stated that the DPR and Government’s decision to take out the Education Cluster of Laws from the Job Opportunity Creation Draft Law is the right one to make. The Cluster contains too many controversial rulings, and the current decision is in line with the regional aspirations DPD has frequently mentioned during the discussion of the Draft Law at the DPR’s Legislative Committee. “We cannot reduce the complexity of education to mere rulings over job permits and ease of investments. Education has both ideological and philosophical weight, as the foundation of noble character and transforming ethics, attitude, and behavior among our younger generation, so that our future will improve,” she said on Friday (25/9/2020).