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26
Mar '08

Apindo determined to build partnership with workers


Holding its eighth national congress Wednesday, the Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) is determined to have all duplicate and restrictive labor laws and regulations reviewed, to build a true partnership between employers and workers.

Apindo chairman Sofyan Wanandi stressed the importance of the three-day congress, slated to be officially opened by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at the State Palace and closed by Vice President Jusuf Kalla.

He said its main agenda was to discuss efforts to build harmonious industrial relations and bipartite negotiations in labor dispute settlements.

He said Apindo and three labor union confederations had agreed to set up two joint teams that would meet monthly to discuss duplicate and restrictive labor laws and regulations, and negotiate a number of unresolved labor disputes.

“Employers and the three confederations of labor unions are of the same opinion on the importance of boosting bipartite negotiations. The government and the legislative body should no longer interfere too much, but listen to the two parties’ aspirations in making labor policy,” he told The Jakarta Post here Tuesday.

Asked what laws and regulations needed review, Sofyan said Law No. 3/1992 on social security, Law No. 21/2000 on freedom of association, Law No. 2/2005 on labor courts, Law No. 13/2003 on labor and Law No. 39/2004 on protection of migrant workers.

He said the five laws would be revised to benefit employers and workers.

“The social security program assets will be developed into a trust fund, the number of labor unions must be brought down, more judges must be trained to try labor cases and the outsourcing system will be revised and the recruitment of contract-based workers must be minimized,” he said.

Bipartite negotiations will also be encouraged to solve dismissal cases and to set regional minimum wages, he said.

Sofyan said the new industrial relation paradigm and the proposed review of labor laws was aimed at bettering the investment climate to attract more foreign investors to labor-intensive sectors.

“Indonesia is in need of labor-intensive industries to help cope with the unemployment problem and poverty,” he said.

Rekson Silaban, chairman of the Confederation of Indonesian Prosperous Labor Unions (KSBSI), confirmed the agreement on promoting bipartite instead of tripartite negotiations.

“But so far, we have agreed only to review the social security law while the proposed revision of other laws has yet to be decided,” he said.

Regarding the election of Apindo’s new executives, Sofyan said he wanted change but most regional chapters wanted him to lead the association for another term.

“I won’t turn a deaf ear to their aspirations but I will be preparing a young member to replace me half-way to maintain the organization’s health and professionalism,” he said.

Sumber : (Ridwan Max Sijabat) The Jakarta Post,  Jakarta 


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