TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Labor Unions Confederation (KSPI) lodged a report to the industrial relations court (HPI) against a ride-hailing firm Gojek for laying off 430 of its employees. KSPI President Said Iqbal stated he was preparing a power of attorney from the dismissed workers.
“Some of the employees who were fired came to us and asked for a defense. We are in the process of signing a power of attorney,” Said noted in his statement on Monday, June 30.
He explained that his side had three considerations in challenging the decacorn’s decision. First, the startup was allegedly not negotiating with employees before deciding on layoffs, but instead only made an announcement.
The second driver was the tech company did not grant proper compensation as stipulated in Law on Manpower, and the last consideration was that it did not report the plan to the manpower agency.
Other than filing a suit, KSPI will soon submit an official letter to the labor inspector for an immediate examination of the company.
“KSPI will urge the labor inspection unit to examine Gojek for its violations,” Said added, demanding Gojek to rehire the laid-off employees.
When asked for confirmation regarding KSPI's legal measure, Gojek’s Head of Corporate Affairs Nila Marita was non-committal, yet saying that a statement had been issued last week.
Two days ago, Nila said that all the rights of Gojek's employees in Indonesia who would leave the company had been terminated in accordance with the existing labor regulations, “including Law No. 13/2003 on Manpower,” she added.
FRANCISCA CHRISTY ROSANA