TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The West Java branch of the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) urged the government to reduce the urbanization flow after the Eid holiday that might escalate the unemployment rate during the current economic slowdown, Apindo West Java chairman Dedy Widjaja said.
According to Dedy, employers are carrying out labor efficiency by allowing workers to take their Lebaran holiday 10 days earlier compared to previous years.
“If [the urbanization] is not reduced, people in big cities would not have jobs due to economic slowdown,” he said on Friday, July 10, 2015.
According to Dedy, companies might have to let their employees go for not being able to continue production as the cost keeps soaring. However, Dedy could not blame people who wanted to find jobs in urban areas due to a wide development gap between rural and urban areas.
“The government is unable to promote economic development in rural areas. This condition has caused rural people to seek jobs in big cities, such as Bandung and Jakarta,” he explained.
Dedy argued that issues with the urbanization would be endless if the government only addressed the impacts of the urbanization. Dedy added that both central and local governments must work together to boost rural economy in a bid to reduce the urbanization flow.
“Local governments must start to develop the economy by building quality schools, provide training and promote business potentials in their own area,” Dedy said.