Severity: Warning Alert

Security: Workers call off April 30 protests in Jakarta, Indonesia, after government postpones parliamentary discussion on proposed labor laws.

This alert affects Jakarta

This alert began 29 Apr 2020 17:00 GMT and is scheduled to expire 30 Apr 2020 17:00 GMT.

  • Incident: Labor protest called off
  • Location(s): Jakarta (map)
  • Date: April 30

Multiple labor groups, including the Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI), have called off the planned April 30 protest at the House of Representatives and the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs in Jakarta. Union leaders suspended the action, April 24, after the government postponed the parliamentary discussion on amendments to several labor laws indefinitely. Organizers had initially intended to defy social distancing restrictions related to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and gather thousands of participants.

Background and Analysis
The proposed labor regulations are part of the wider omnibus law, which the government says will improve investment conditions in Indonesia. Labor groups, however, claim that the regulations will worsen working conditions and make it easier for unskilled foreign labor to enter Indonesia. The groups also claim that policymaking discussions have not involved workers. As many as 30,000 people have reportedly previously participated in related protests in Jakarta. Further demonstrations are likely, mainly in Jakarta, if the postponed discussion resumes as planned after the COVID-19 improves.

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