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Trade unions to skip labor strike protesting jobs bill deliberation

Jakarta Post - September 30, 2020

Jakarta – The National Federation of Trade Unions (KSPN) says it has instructed its members to not take part in a national strike set to be held from Oct. 6 to 8 to oppose the deliberation of the jobs bill.

Five million workers planned to stage a strike as the House of Representatives and the government concluded the deliberation of labor issues in the omnibus bill on job creation on Sunday, abandoning an earlier plan to drop the articles.

The House is expected to hold plenary sessions to pass the bill into law.

The federation said in a statement on Tuesday that joining the strike was not necessary as its members had already provided critical advocacy It has also considered economic conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federation has been called on by its members in the regions to skip the strike because some of them had been furloughed, while others were in the process of being laid off.

"Considering all the aforementioned reasons, the federation will not partake in the nationwide strike that is set to be held from Oct. 6 to 8.

"We encourage our members to remain calm and stay alert for developments regarding this matter," said the statement.

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2020/09/30/trade-unions-to-skip-labor-strike-protesting-jobs-bill-deliberation.html