Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Only 23 Percent Labor Agreements Oversee Sexual Harassment: KSPI

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Confederation of Indonesian Workers Unions (KSPI) said only 23 percent of collective labor agreements (PKB) between labors and corporations regulate cases of sexual harassment.  

    “This goes to show that sexual harassment is not a significant issue for workers,” said KSPI media and communication officer Kahar Cahyono on Tuesday, October 8.

    Kahar said that the data is sourced from a survey on labor’s rights held by All Indonesia Council’s industrial women council at the end of 2018, which also involved KSPI. 

    He argued that the issue of women’s protection is already an urgent matter to protect labors from discrimination and sexual misconduct. 

    “This is needed to ensure a work environment that is free of discrimination and sexual violence,” Kahar added during the launch of the female workers’ protection house (RP3) at Riau Island’s Bintan Inti Industrial Estate (BIEE).

    In the launch, the Women's Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Yohana Susana Yembise also shed light on the critical issue that continues to exist. 

    “We are still met with many cases of discrimination and violence in the labor industry, and female labors are often the victims,” said Yohana in her written release on Monday, October 7.

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