Workers in 38 Provinces to Take Turns Protesting Job Creation Law Next Week
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Labor Party President Said Iqbal announced that hundreds of thousands of workers are set to hold demonstrations against Law No. 6 of 2023 concerning Job Creation or the omnibus law. The protests will be held alternately in 38 provinces throughout the country.
“This action will be organized by the Labor Party in tandem with the trade unions for 25 days. So there will be rallies in big cities every day. Only one issue is raised: rejecting the Omnibus Law on job creation,” Iqbal said in a press conference held virtually on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
Iqbal who is also the President of the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), said the rallies will start on May 31, 2023, in front of the Banten Governor's Office. Then it will be held on June 5 in front of the Constitutional Court Building and the State Palace which coincides with the second trial of the law judicial review.
Workers will then protest at Gedung Sate, Bandung, West Java on June 7, in Central Java’s Semarang on June 9, and in Surabaya precisely at the East Java Governor's Office on June 14, 2023. “Every demonstration will be attended by tens of thousands of workers,” Iqbal claimed.
After June 14, the demonstrations will resume in Medan, North Sumatra; Bengkulu; Pekanbaru, Riau; Batam, Riau Islands; Bandar Lampung; Banjarmasin, South Kalimantan; Samarinda, East Kalimantan; Pontianak, West Kalimantan; Makassar, South Sulawesi; Morowali Sulawesi, Central, and Gorontalo.
“There will also be held in Ambon, Maluku; Ternate, North Maluku; Mimika, Central Papua; and Jayapura. So from May 31 until the next 25 days, or around the end of June, the action will continue to grow by bringing demands of the revocation of the omnibus law, the Job Creation Law,” Iqbal underlined.
The House of Representatives (DPR) officially passed the bill on the Government Regulation in lieu of Law No. 2 of 2022 concerning Job Creation to become a law at the 19th plenary meeting of session IV on Tuesday, March 21, 2023. The meeting was chaired by House Speaker Puan Maharani.
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