Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Government Meets Non-Federation Trade Unions Today

Monday, 08 January, 2007 | 12:29 WIB

TEMPO Interactive
, Jakarta: Today (8/1), the government will meet trade unions that are not members of trade union federations.

This plan was conveyed by Erman Soeparno, Manpower and Transportation Minister, on Friday.

“The meeting is to discuss the plan for revisions to the Workers Social Security Law,” said Erman.

He went on to say that he wanted that the law revisions to be carried out from the bottom up.

Therefore, Erman said he felt it was necessary to have input not only from trade unions in federations but also from non-federation trade unions.

The wish to meet with non-federation trade unions had actually been conveyed some time ago.

However, because internally the non-federation trade unions had not yet been willing to discuss the plan revisions, it is only now that the meeting can be held.

Previously, the Manpower Department had already discussed the law revisions with the Indonesia Entrepreneurs Association and trade union federations.

After the meeting with non-federation trade unions, the government's plan is to hold a tripartite meeting among the government, entrepreneurs and trade unions to unify perceptions regarding manpower regulations.

These revisions to the law are a part of a synchronization process of manpower regulations including manpower law amendments and the composition of government regulations on separation pay for workers.

According to Erman, this synchronization is one of the government's efforts to attract investment and create new employment opportunities.

The government plans to change the system of separation payment from entrepreneurs to insurance system at Workers' Social Security.

Earlier, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said the obligation for separation pay was one of the causes of decreases investment in Indonesia (see: Koran Tempo, 5/1).
Workers’ groups have stated tehir agreement with the government's plan.

However, the amount of money as the labors' right will not change and they have also asked for the premium to be raised from 11.7 percent to 20 percent.

OKTAMANDJAYA WIGUNA



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