Laborers´ Voice in Labor Day

Monday, 01 May 2017 , 17:00:00 WIB - Politics

Head of Indonesian Prosperous Labor Union (SBSI), Sunarti (second right) and the National Police Headquarters´ Human Relations Division Head Insp. Gen. Setyo Wasisto (second left), and Lieu. Col. Joko Setiawan (right) became the spokesperson of a discussion to commemorate the International Labor Day with Saiful Rangkuti (left) as a moderator in Jakarta, Sunday (30/4). (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – May Day becomes a moment for laborers to make the government listens to their aspirations. For instance, Migrant Care urges the government to approve the Bill on Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection. The Bill was made to protect Indonesian migrant workers, and bring justice to Indonesian migrant workers and their families who become victims of violence.

The Executive Director of Migrant Care, Wahyu Susilo, said the commitment to protect migrant workers can be implemented by Law No.6/2012 on the ratification of Convention for Protection of Migrant Workers and their Family Members.

"The Indonesian Government still hesitates to demonstrate the commitment because they consider the issue as a burden, not a mandate or responsibility of the state in protecting migrant workers," Wahyu said in his press release, Monday (1/5).

On the other hand, Wahyu said that violence, mortality, and Indonesian migrant workers vulnerability issues keep happening. He mentioned numerous violence cases that are suffered by migrant workers. Starting from the slavery of Indonesian migrant workers in Malaysia, and the case of Siti Aisyah who was accused to be involved in the murder of Kim Jong Nam.

According to him, the Indonesian government will get a political and moral legitimation by finishing the arrangement of Law on Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection and bringing justice to Indonesian migrant workers and their families. Therefore, they can encourage and ensure that the mechanism to protect migrant workers in Southeast Asia and the other destination countries would be applied soon.

Besides that, the government and the House have to end the monopoly of Indonesian migrant workers placement by private recruitment agencies (PPTKIS). They should finish the arrangement of Bill on Indonesian Migrant Workers Protection that puts forward the management of migrant workers management as a form of public service by the state.

The Indonesian Government has to optimize the foreign politics diplomacy in finishing the instruments to protect migrant workers in Southeast Asia this year as expected by President Joko Widodo.

Today, hundred thousands of laborers hold a demonstration to commemorate the International Labor Day or May Day. One of the laborers’ demand is the revocation of Governmental Regulation No.78/2015 that regulates the workforce waging system.

The Indonesian Worker Union Association (Aspek Indonesia) also stages a demonstration today and express their voice. The laborers have many aspirations that the government has to listen to.

The President of Aspek Indonesia, Mirah Sumirat, said the laborers’ voice includes waging system, internship system, the status of honorary teachers, foreign workers, robotization, and safety precautions (K3). (dtc/mfb)