Indonesia’s new labour law sparks protest

Published on October 13, 2020 by

Thousands marched in #Indonesia’s capital on Tuesday demanding that the government revoke a new law they say will cripple labour rights, with some clashing with police.

Authorities blocked streets leading to the Presidential Palace in #Jakarta, where clashes between riot police and rock-throwing demonstrators, including workers and students, broke out last Thursday.

The Job Creation Law approved by Parliament last week is expected to substantially change Indonesia’s labour system and natural resources management.

The demonstrators say the law will hurt workers by reducing severance pay, removing restrictions on manual labour by foreign workers, increasing the use of outsourcing, and converting monthly salaries to hourly wages.

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