Job Creation Bill Discussion; DPR Urged to Involve Laborers

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - BPJS Watch urges the House of Representatives (DPR) to involve workers and the general public in discussing draft of the Omnibus Law on Job Creation. The closed discussion has received criticism for lack of transparency, making it prone to disputes.

    BPJS Watch advocacy coordinator head Timboel Siregar said the general public has an important role in ensuring that the law would not be annulled easily by the Constitutional Court.

    "Formally, the making of this bill was not done transparently. The role of the public is not accommodated," Timboel said in a written message on Monday, February 17, 2020.

    According to Timboel, although the drafting is done behind closed doors, the bill's discussion must be open to public, as we need to know the quality of the law's products. The public is also entitled to state their arguments for or to the articles in the bill, especially those governing employment, social security, and the BPJS itself.

    He also demands access for the community and trade unions to provide direct input through instant messages to members of the DPR.

    The government has submitted the draft of the Omnibus Law on Job Creation along with academic texts to the DPR. House Speaker Puan Maharani said the discussion of the bill would involve seven commissions because it covers many clusters.

    This bill contains 78 laws, 15 chapters and 174 articles.

    FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA